What will you be resisting, learning, struggling with, supporting and changing for the month? You’re free to interpret these keywords however you wish; here’s my own list! I hope you’ll join me here on this parallel journey that’s similar yet different in so many ways 🙂
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Stressing myself out unnecessarily. I’ll be the first to admit that I stress out easily, especially when it comes to work commitments. You’d think that one would become used to it after after these years, but no. I worry about letting a whole team down, and am the kind of person who can’t switch off until my task list has all been struck off. (When my partner tells me an errand he needs to complete, my brain somehow takes it up as its duty too :p)
So. I’m going to resist the urge to do it all in one go, because that’s a foolish notion anyway. I suspect that the reasons for this behaviour is due to a lack of self-esteem and also a need for control. So by practising resistance to this harmful habit, it will also increase my resilience for life in general. Pacing, or the tortoise vs the hare concept, is clearly the way to go.
French online. Sadly, my French classes had to come to a halt as there weren’t enough students to form a group. With every new term, the numbers shrink by half. It’s a shame as that was my one social commitment that I actually looked forward to every week. Even on days when I was in pain, I always walked out of class feeling happy and inspired.
I’ve had a few lessons on iTalki now and it hasn’t been too bad, although I still prefer an actual classroom setting. It’s been way more intense than a group class, as I’m forced to communicate nonstop in French the whole time, using a variety of material.
If you’re interested in picking up a new language or are looking for a new hobby, why not give iTalki a go? They have a wide selection of native language professional teachers, and you don’t have to get dressed to go to class. The sessions have all been really casual; it seems to be some unspoken agreement where everyone’s in home clothes without any makeup!
With exercise. It’s only been a month and I’ve already slid off the bandwagon for my Zero to Hero fitness programme :p I used to be more active, but ever since I had to stop playing team sports due to my blood clotting disorder, I haven’t found anything that I enjoy. I only exercised because it was fun. I try to brainwash myself with all the health benefits, but my body comprises of a lazy ass. Anyway, no matter how or what I’m feeling, I’m going to get back to the regime. No excuses.
The supporters. Those with chronic illnesses tend to require more support in life than others, and I am no exception. I feel bad that my parents still help me out with medical bills, and I’m in my 30s (we don’t have disability here). I’m grateful to my partner for also helping out a great deal, financially, physically and emotionally. This month I’d like to take some time to support them back in little ways that I know I can. For example, preparing healthy and delicious meals, or spending some time listening to their woes. These are actions that will help to nourish their minds and bodies, too.
My diet. I know that a large part of how we feel both physically and mentally has to do with gut health, but I’m not taking good enough care of it. My lousy excuses are – it’s so easy to order food here, I’m unwell half the time, I just feel like something junky, I don’t enjoy cooking, washing up is never fun, I have cravings so I order takeout again, etc. What a spoilt little first world brat I am 🙂
Anyway, we just bought a multi-cooker (we wanted an InstaPot but you won’t believe how difficult it is to get one shipped here). I’ve bought a bunch of ingredients and am going to start prepping and freezing a month’s worth of meals today…wish me luck! If you have any delicious recipes to share, drop me a comment! Keyword: easy 😉