By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes
You have been thought some stuff during this process. And there are mixed communications from our friends, family, and medical practitioners. You have experienced ups and downs with your emotions, energy, and mental health. When you come eye to eye with cancer, you don't want to stop until you win. You have fire in your eyes as you stare at this disease. Your bucket list moved from the back page of a book, to a list on your smart phone. You look at things differently, and choose your battles wisely. You have so many things on your mind, so many added things to your to do list, and so many more things you need to accomplish. I am the same way, but there are a some things that trigger me to sit down and rest.
1. Feeling Overwhelmed
With all of the new things added to our plates, it is not a surprise that the word overwhelmed it also added to the list. When you are feeling overwhelmed; it is ok to take a step back, sit down/lay down, close your eyes, and shut the world out, and turn off your thoughts. Bring some quite to your mind and allow it to unwind. Wanted to accomplish everything on your list is important to you, I understand. But you need a clear mind to do it. So close your eyes and sink into a relaxed state; just 5 minutes. 5 minutes will make sure a difference. Now if 5 minutes turned into an hour, that is ok too, that just means you needed it. I meditate at night, so that I have a peaceful sleep.
2. Always Tired or Fatigued
This can be a combination of things. It can be a maintenance drug you are on, or it can be that you are doing to much. For me it was both. I felt like there was not enough time in my day, and the truth is there wasn't based on the laundry list of things I would try and commit to on a daily basis :-). I was trying to keep on top of my diet by cooking everyday, I was trying to keep up with follow up doctor appointments, my day job, cleaning the house, meeting up with friends, raising my hand for projects, and exercising. I use to be queen of multi-tasking, but I was tired, and would sleep longer than usual. Weekends became unproductive. I became frustrated with myself. So I called the doctor and he changed one of my medications, I started to shorten my list of personal todo's. I only cook one day a week and warm up food the rest of the week, and I have outsourced my laundry. I cut one bill to afford someone doing my laundry. It is worth it to me. Re-evaluate your situation and see what works best. I needed to make more time for the things I love.