Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali.
I’ve spent months not sleeping well and getting endless e-mails due to webinars you signed up for but never attended. Free yoga/workout videos. Mindfulness webinars. I can read the book, but attending a webinar is just not appealing to me these days. Journaling has been an awesome task to help mindfulness. I personally am tired of sitting at my computer for webinars and ZOOM meetings. I started taking more walks in my neighborhood, in the hot sun, just to move and to sweat, and it also is great for my mind, helping to stop any worry or obsessing.
I’m trying to keep calm amidst COVID fear and worries, as well as the preoccupation with how kids will return to school this August, whether it will be online or in-person, and how we will keep them (and teachers and staff) safe and healthy. This summer started out with me in a bad place due to my shoulder injury and pain, as well as my mind feeling flaky, spaced out, and unfocused. Lately, I have been working on a picture puzzle and have made great progress. I am also occasionally playing a word game on my phone to try and rebuild my focus and intellectual ability. Worry can really eat away at all of these things. I can’t just let me mind settle into a pattern of preoccupation with worry, so much so that I cannot focus on things I enjoy or that are important to me. You know, the fear that surrounds pain, it isn’t so bad anymore. In 2015, with huge family/parenting stresses and the advent of this arm pain, I went around fearing I wouldn’t live too long. I remember getting a will. I don’t feel that way now, and it makes a world of difference!
Pumpkin houses and flying fish, Oh my!
On the subject of COVID, I live in Florida, and we are having a boom in COVID cases. There are still several people I run into in public who do not wear a mask when out. My state now has more than 300,000 cases. I am pretty careful and wear a mask anytime I am in public, but if I’m outside walking alone or with the dog, I don’t wear one. It is awfully hot, you know. My son and I went for a free COVID test last Weds. just to ensure we are still healthy. I wanted to get one before school starts. It will be a few days before results come back.
Earlier, I got my exercise in on the Gazelle on my back porch. It felt so good to come back in and let the air conditioning cool the layer of sweat I had acquired. I’m using some good habits, and I want to keep them up! My shoulder issue is getting better, but my arm and hand hurt often and it slows me down from writing. Still, that is okay; to everything there is a season, and I am not in fear that it will control the rest of my life. Maybe I am just determined not to let it. I am still supposed to see an orthopedic surgeon this week because my doctor wanted an opinion. We will see what happens! Well, it’s time for me to relax, read a book, and maybe even take a nap. 🙂 Have a great weekend!