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Shakin it off

Saturday, July 18, 2020

In my last blog, I hit the reset button on my morning schedule. Work from home days were getting to me. I was slipping into lazy habits. So I committed to:

Water first thing
Coffee while taking a ten-minute flip through the news... no more.
20-minute walk if decent weather, 20 minutes on the elliptical if not.
Yoga for back and hips.
Then get logged into work.

I did very well and it did wonders for my mental health. Some mornings it was hard to get out there but seeing the morning sun made it worth it.

Even when it was overcast, I still found beauty that nurtured my soul.

One morning, I looked up from my phone and saw a coyote trotting straight for me. We both stopped and looked at each other, then it crossed the street and headed off. That woke me up!


Then it happened, a project go live at work two weeks ago. I had to be onsite around several people. It didn't go well. 16 - 20 hour days last week.This past week things improved a bit, 10 - 14 hour days.

I went from working from home since March 14th, and social distancing from family and friends to a lot of sitting, hunching and typing, in a room full of people, some arguing, a lot of petty, passive aggressive tones, some people not always wearing their mask.

I hurt all over from all of the sitting, the tension and anxious feelings being around others all of a sudden. My wrists hurt from all of the typing.

I got a break from work this weekend so I went out early for a slow walk/run this morning before the oppressive heat set in, then began the quest to get the house back in order. I did a yin yoga video for lower back pain while a load of laundry was going.

It's 6:30 pm and I'm fighting sleep but I feel better having some order back.

There have been some days the last two weeks when I slipped into bitter town. There were moments of tears when I was physically and mentally drained. My face is slightly chapped from all those hours in a mask.

But I tried to remember all of the health care and other essential workers that have it worse than I do. I tried to remember "I get to". I get to go to work each day. I get to help out with an important project. I get to choose my reactions to stress.

The sign below is posted at the exit. It helped give myself a little attitude adjustment.

Take good care of yourself!


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    Kellie—Thank you for all that yo do, and for all that you have done—You really are The Best. It’s time, now, to take care of you...God Bless.
    61 days ago
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    61 days ago
    emoticon sorry you've a tough go of it. Hoping the ebb and flow flows back in a good direction! kb
    62 days ago
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    62 days ago
    oh dear thing - this really has sucked the life out of you. It seems like this is the worst go-live you've ever spoken about. I'm so sorry.

    I hope you are taking a well deserved break from it all. I hope you are getting morning sunshine and surprise visits from wildlife. I hope you are being hugged and pampered by other members of your household. I just plain hope you're doing okay.

    big gigantic hugs
    65 days ago
    You have had a real roller coaster and are doing your very best under difficult circumstances.

    That exit check list is an excellent one . . for these times, for any time!!
    68 days ago
    You made it through. Sometimes life is just fortitude and perseverance. I agree I too have to have a talk with self about getting out there for the early morning start the day exercise.
    69 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    How important it is to establish habits that nurture our bodies and souls! I hope you can get back to that routine soon. Such a great message as you leave a stressful day! emoticon
    69 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Sounds like a rough patch but you got through it - your exercises (yoga, running, etc) are great stress relievers! I cannot imagine going back to the office just difficult as it was to transition to the work from home thing, I'm rather enjoying it now. I don't miss the commute or the dressing up (even jeans was way more dressed up than I opt for now) or the people - being an introvert, this being alone more often than not suits me just fine! I love you post pics from your walks/runs, I wish I could see the water during my walks! Puddles from the neighbor's sprinkler just aren't the same, LOL!
    69 days ago
    I think you have got this but are not sure. we all got through hard times. Good luck

    69 days ago
    Sorry you're having such a tough time hun, seeing a coyote is amazing, how wonderful

    Finding a little good in everyday sure helps in the madness of this life at the moment.

    Take care and be gentle with yourself/............this too shall pass emoticon
    69 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Kellie the sign is wonderful. I am sure if people read it, it would,help.
    You have had such a difficult couple of weeks I sure hope,the powers that be appreciate what you have contributed. I had very busy days when I worked grout never anything like what you have endured.

    I hope you had a chance to unwind this weekend. Hugs...
    69 days ago
    I enjoy seeing sunrise when I walk too. Hang in there.
    69 days ago
    ((((HUGS)))) good for you for dealing w/your challenges. Sorry it was such a rough time.

    Hope this week is a little easier.
    69 days ago
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