Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Antoinette! Today consisted of a drive to Southern Georgia with my boyfriend to see his dad, and now I am relaxing, looking at the papers I brought home to grade. Tomorrow will have to do.
My shoulder has been feeling better. The back is better too, but last night, for some reason I had sciatica return to the left side. I did, however, get 7 hours of sleep, and I’ll take that any time over what I’ve been getting lately!
I’ve been taking an online course in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I mentioned, last week, that at times I feel my thoughts over-thinking and/or telling myself I didn’t do something right, checking and re-checking, tending towards OCD. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy course is for anxiety and depression, which can be related and sometimes even come together. At any rate, it also identifies OCD as a type of anxiety disorder. Makes sense. One suggestion was to wear a rubber band and snap or ping it whenever you recognize these thoughts occurring. So, I started doing this. Let me give it some time before I tell you what I think of this strategy. However, I did wear it to school Friday, and my day went well, maybe just for knowing it was there? Time will tell.
I watched a little Netflix last night, and tonight I’ll meet my boyfriend for a good dinner somewhere. I have decided that, on Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ll let him give me a ride on his motorcycle again; it has been three years since I’ve done that. I stopped after I got sideswiped and pushed over to the curb three years ago, then having a panic attack. It was scary, I’ll admit. It may have activated the back and shoulder trouble. I tensed up horribly and felt myself doing so for months afterward whenever I drove at high traffic times and especially on bridges. It’s likely just one exacerbating factor. At any rate, I told him we could take a short ride on the motorcycle. It is a big hobby of his, and he does read my books, so I think I should do this with him every now and then! Plus, doing so will make me feel so brave and like I have overcome a lot of the pain and negative self-talk that got me up to where I was when my doctor referred me for physical therapy. It would be a sign of progress!
This week, I worked on my Gifted Endorsement class a lot and the only writing I did was for a blog challenge called Fandango One Word Challenge. (I love these)! I wrote a poem in response to the word: Profile. Have a look: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/fortune-cookie-psych-profile-fowc/
At times, it reminds me of myself.
That’s all I’ve got for today. How was your week?