Give Yourself Some Credit
It’s hard to believe my break is nearing its end. While I have had a little over a month and a half off the bittersweet feeling of returning to school is settling in. I am really looking forward to my classes this semester and am beyond excited to start preparing for my international service trip which I will be going on at the end of May. Yet, at the same time I am sad I will be leaving all the things that I love about home.
Prior to this break I had a big mental to do list and I soon discovered there was going to have to be some give and take. For example, I had all intentions to blog frequently. Not only because this is something I love, but I had the time to brainstorm creative ideas. Clearly, this didn’t happen. Starting new medication left me fatigued, and rather than pushing through the exhaustion, I had to practice the words I have preached. 2x day workouts were a must, but where I could cut out, I had to.
There were things I didn’t do like, finish the book I started, but there was also so much I did accomplish. As I was completing a challenging workout other day, I thought, “I have to start giving myself a little more credit and celebrate every victory no matter how small.”
While I have tried to use this coping mechanism to cope with my RSD/CRPS, and my progress on the gluten-free diet when things get frustrating, this can be very well be applied to other aspects of your life.
It may not be a big deal to others, but if completing a workout or cooking a meal is a big deal to you then that’s all that matters.
Give yourself some credit. If you did the very best you could do then that’s good enough. If you failed to accomplish what you wanted, you’ll get it next time. Trust me, It’s not the end of the world. I learned this lesson this break.
Start celebrating to victories and stop dwelling on the could haves, would haves, should haves. It’s not always easy, but when you focus on everything you accomplished in the day rather than what you failed to do, you begin to feel the “weight of the world” is being lifted off your shoulders.