Getting Back In The Saddle
It can be quite difficult for anyone to “get back in the saddle”, so to speak, when the normal routine has been disrupted. I think it’s especially challenging for those living with chronic pain and chronic illness. As those living with chronic conditions know, having routines can be especially helpful for riding out the storms.
While one’s daily routine may be thrown off kilter by things like symptom flare-ups, surgery, and new diagnoses… it can still be very useful to have a routine to act as a framework. Even if that routine has to be tweaked, improved, or temporarily abandoned for brief periods, it can be helpful. By the way, when I talk about getting “back in the saddle” I’m speaking in a figurative sense (as anyone who has read my blog regularly understands).
So, what is one to do when the daily routine has been turned upside down, shaken up, altered? That is a very good question. In my own situation, it is abundantly clear that I may never be able to return to the pace I kept in the past. Even if the offline situation that has disrupted my usual routine were to be magically resolved (no, it’s not resolved), I honestly don’t see how I can return to writing as frequently as I did before. Even if I had the time and energy to resume that kind of schedule (no, I don’t), this has been one of those life experiences that forces a person to re-assess everything.
To be clear, I will most definitely be continuing to write this blog. I also look forward to getting back to some sort of routine with it… even if that’s not the routine it used to be. However, I’m not sure yet how my routine will differ from what it was in the past. My sense is that I’ll likely be writing about nearly all the same topics but just less frequently than before. However, I’m not sure yet how it will play out.
With the offline situation still unresolved and with my energy level far lower than I’d like it to be, I recognize that I need to pace myself and focus on self-care issues (getting enough sleep, eating right, managing my time in healthy ways, etc.)
Thank you to my online friends for your patience and understanding while I sort things out and attempt to begin the journey of getting back to a more normal schedule. There are many unanswered messages from people that I need to address and I don’t know when I will get to them. I just need to take one day at a time. It will be a gradual process but I hope, at some point, to get back to a similar routine to what I had before… just calmer in pace.
This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.
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