Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been the type of person who loves endless projects and busy work. When I was in nursing school, I had three jobs on top of clinicals, volunteer work, and exams/papers. During my master’s degree, I was working a full time job and planning a wedding. Needless to say, I’m a workaholic.
Since I’ve started the blog [which I really enjoy doing], I’ve been busier than I’ve ever been. If I’m not at work for forty plus hours a week, I’m blogging. If I’m not blogging, I’m traveling, at a Kee Pieces photo shoot, or networking. The list goes on. Aaron jokes that my version of hanging out together watching a movie is different from his. Mine consists of being on my phone or computer doing blog related work as the movie plays in the background [LOL].
I love what I do so much that I started to sacrifice my health. I sacrificed sleeping so that I could finish a blog post, organize/schedule a photo shoot or make travel plans. But the biggest thing for me was not spending enough quality time with the ones I love.
I didn’t realize what I was doing until I got hurt. I recently started feeling pain on my right hand that would shoot all the way up my arm. At first I thought I must have slept on it wrong until the pain wouldn’t go away, especially worse when I was at work. Being a nurse, I knew what it was – I saw a nurse practitioner and she confirmed it, possible carpal tunnel and/or ulnar nerve entrapment. She ordered me to stay off of it for at least two weeks and be on NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory] around the clock. If I wasn’t compliant, it would lead to surgery [yikes!]. Trying to be a good patient, I’ve been MIA for one week and been continuously icing. I’ve had to make alterations at work to let my arm rest and have temporarily broken up with my phone.
During this mandatory hiatus, I’ve decided that I’m going to make some changes. Baby steps they may seem, but they’re in the right direction:
- Aiming for those nightly Zs [between seven to eight hours, studies show anything less puts you at risk for diseases and immunosuppression]
- Eating more and eating healthy – no more sugary treats [okay, maybe a scoop of ice-cream here and there, but definitely incorporating even more veggies, dairy and gluten free meals]
- Being present for those quality time with hubby and family [time where I’m there mentally and emotionally and not my version of movie watching]
- Having more downtime in my daily schedule, even if it’s just fifteen minutes to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing
My professor once told me that you don’t always have to give 110% and that 90% is just as acceptable, so here’s to a new normal where everything isn’t always about working – take time to smell the roses and enjoy the little things.