My lovely friend who is my mentor/coach/counsellor posted this in our wee FB group yesterday and it hit home hard. I've been forced to stop and make time for being really not well all week. And I've said to my Headteacher and Occupational Health I'll probably not be back next week either. No point going back to teach 19 lively 4 and 5yos when I'm not almost 100% fit and well.
When I fractured my ankle earlier this year I took the time to pause and reflect on life. And for a while I did slow down and make more time for myself. But oh how quickly I slipped into bad habits and let the job and teaching a new stage dictate my life.
Clearly the universe decided to give me another wake up slap!! 😂 Ok I'm listening and paying attention now!
Starting with breakfast this morning, I'm going to make sure I stop and eat one instead of grabbing something on my way out the door with my travel mug of coffee. And because I've not been eating breakfast at home I stopped taking my morning supplements. Taking them on an empty stomach with black coffee makes me throw up! So I made some porridge and added home grown blueberries from the freezer, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, some nuts and turmeric infused honey. Then I took my supplements. Instead of coffee I had a herbal tea. Cutting out coffee normally gives me headaches but since I've had a permanent headache for 8 days I figured a few more days won't hurt!
I wasn't hungry at lunchtime as breakfast was late so an early evening meal of gf toast, avocado and egg went down nicely. I've slipped a bit recently and not been as careful at sticking to my gluten free and dairy free eating. I think my body is telling me to get back to it!!
I also bought something a few weeks ago that will help with my lack of exercise. Ironically I haven't even opened the box 😳 but I will soon and report back! Eating well, taking my supplements, exercise and generally making more time for myself are the priorities.
So as we gain an hour tonight (clocks go back!) and head into Winter, I am making time for my wellness because frankly being unwell sucks!