If you know me, or if you have read this blog for a while, you know that I am somewhat of a planning addict. Planning and organization give me a sense of order in the chaos, and it’s the first thing I do when I feel chaotic. Of course, I know that plans don’t always work out, and the best kind of planning is the flexible kind.
So, once I knew that I would no longer be working at the nonprofit, I started to make a plan of healing. Of course, I would be healing from giving birth, and that required rest. But during this time of rest, I wanted to take some small steps towards holistic healing. Not only physical, but emotional, mental, spiritual, and vocational. I realize that a lot of these things can overlap into different categories. Here’s a couple in each aspect that I wanted to start doing this week.
I want to get back into walking and doing yoga. Of course, I can’t do anything too strenuous while I’m still healing. A walk around the neighborhood in the morning with the dog is one of my favorite morning activities. Also, doing 10 minutes of easy yoga after a walk helps set the day up right. I’m using a 30-day challenge on YouTube right now for beginners.
I started back into therapy and also started doing a nightly meditation. I’m a big proponent of counseling, especially during tragedy and grief. Whether it’s individual, group, or even participating in an online forum. I reconnected with a counselor who specializes in pregnancy loss after my daughter died. She is helping me process through a lot of the chaos which is great. Also, at night I’m using the Headspace app to do 10-minute meditations. These are great to calm my mind at night before going to bed.
I’m using the free version of the Lumosity app, a collection of three brain games a day. It helps with focus, memory and other mental activities. I also started spending time reading. I didn’t get to read a lot this year because I’ve been having a hard time focusing long enough to get through a page. I want to take advantage of this slower time and get back into reading. Not just fictional books, but non-fiction and biographies as well.
I have two parts of my day, one in the morning and one at night, to do journaling. In the morning, I’m doing a devotional using the book Anchored. A devotional for pregnancy loss by an organization called Hope Mommies (of which I’m a part of). The morning journal is both for the devotional and as a prayer journal. Then, at night, I have a second journal that I write about my day and also write five things I’m grateful for. This helps me consciously look for places God reveals himself to me throughout my day.
I don’t mean a job, but more just what I do with my time. Right now, I’m focused on cleaning and organizing the house, bit by bit. But eventually, I want to get back into the SPCA and the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer Walk is in October so I will have a special post about that later. Also, October is Infant Loss Awareness month. There will be a lot of activities surrounding that I want to be more involved in.
Of course, these aren’t all the things I do with my days. But they are things I want to try for at least the next few weeks or months. I do better with structure in my day, so that’s why I love planning so much.
What do you like to do in your free time? Which aspects are you working on or would like to work on soon?