In need of a little extra TLC due to a time of intense physical exertion?
Below are 5 self care tips for extreme circumstances. I felt this would be a timely post considering the holidays are right around the corner. When can the holidays not be described as ‘extreme’? Even for those of us (like ME!) who love this time of year, having a chronic illness does require a bit of ‘pacing yourself’, as well as good self-care.
I also feel especially qualified to give a bit of advice in this area due to the fact that my sister-in-law and I have finished Phase 1 of my house painting project! There are a few minor things left to do: install new light switch covers, 2nd coat of paint on baseboards, hanging a few more pictures, painting hallway linen cabinet, ect. The major section of the house is done though, and looking good!
A short ‘rant’ on the previous paint color:
Browny taupe that tended to turn ‘pinkish’ in certain light…yeah, so I HATE pink hues on the wall. Classic painting mistake: choosing a color from a tiny color tile alone, and not understanding undertones…there is more than just one color in your paint, and it will come out when slathered all around your ‘x’ amount of sq ft. walls.
Walls that shine!…My pain rule #1?–Use the ‘proper sheen’ for the ‘proper purposes’. In my opinion, your main living walls should not reflect light back at you. They should absorb light and glow. The person who painted before us used a semi-gloss on the walls….looks like baby oil smeared on every wall surface…just say NO to walls that shine. ‘Flat’ may be impractical for cleaning purposes, so go 1 up from that.
No one listened to what the house was asking for…No, I don’t believe the house literally speaks (I’m not that far gone… yet). But, I do believe every house has a color that suits it based on space, size, angles, floor type, light, ect. I first picked the color ‘Wool Skein’ that all the designers RAVED about. I mean, just based off the research I did, THIS WAS IT! This color did everything but make you dinner at the end of the day…On my walls?…It looked like that particular section of the house had a stomach ache. It showed up a pea-soup-gray-green. I went back to the color of my heart that I had seen months before. Valspar calls it ‘Cream In My Coffee’, but the Sherwin Williams equivalent is ‘Crisp Linen’. THIS was the color my house was asking to wear.
Okay, enough about my ‘fussy’ opinions on decor! Let’s talk self-care. Below is a list of tips that I both used, and wished I had used during the past week. It is so important for us to remember that although it can seem at times good self-care is just ‘one more thing’ to do, the reality is if we take good care of ourselves, we can participate in activities longer and with more enjoyment.
5 Self Care Tips For Extreme Circumstances
Meal Planning ~ make sure to have frozen meals ahead of time, or enough $ to buy dinner that night. You WILL NOT feel like cooking after a long day of physical exertion.
Time For ZEN ~ just kidding, but do try to carve out a half hour to do nothing but lie down and rest with dim lighting and soft soothing sounds in the backround at the end of the day…trust me, you’re gonna need it.
Allow Help ~ I’m terrible at this. I’m the “No, I’ll do it myself” type. If you are like me, you’ll have to go against your grain, and accept the offers of help with clean-up or whatever. This will turn our to your advantage…really.
Art Of The Process ~ Rather than focus on the end goal at all costs, learn to enjoy the process as it is happening. This is especially important when others are involved. which leads to:
Enjoy ~ Whether it’s a get-together or a project, make sure you keep the main thing the main thing. In other words, it will be ‘the people’ and ‘relationships’ that hold value, not the ‘thing’ itself. So keep your cool, let things go, and remember that stuff will get done. But it must never be at the expense of others.