Oooo! How inspiring! “Drained, dry and devoid of ideas”!
As I went about the process of writing my article, I stumbled a bit. Well, I stumbled a LOT! I didn’t feel well on the day that I had picked to write it, nor the next day. I had some ideas that I could have certainly developed, but I didn’t even feel like I had any thoughts about those ideas. Uh-oh. Kind of makes the process of writing a bit tricky, to say the least.
Instead of completely panicking, which used to be my response, I had learned enough to step back and practice at least a little bit of TLC, good ole’ tender loving care. Instead of criticizing myself or attempting to push the issue, I backed off. Instead I went for a short walk and attempted to be kind to myself. The walk definitely helped, but I found myself in limbo, not quite able to really relax and take it easy, but not able to think clearly enough to write. Yuck.
I had enough awareness to wonder, “What was going on, and what had happened?” How did I get to this place of feeling drained, dry and devoid of ideas? Ohhhhhhh. Intuitive flash. (The intuitive flash could come through because I finally slowed down and stepped back a little.) I realized that I had not been stopping to do fun things or take a break. I had been going from taking care of my aging diabetic body (checking blood sugars, taking the prescribed three-times-per-week walks, doing a reasonable job of eating nutritious foods) to coordinating my 13-year-old’s schedule to caring for my home to running my business to occasionally checking in with my husband to see how he was doing. And, I had not connected with any friends for more than a “Hi, how are you?”-in-passing, kind of connection.
Taking Breaks and Having Fun
When I look at it, it’s easy to understand why I hadn’t taken the time for breaks or fun. And I bet the same is true of your life, if you really stop to see what all you do in a day or a week! Nevertheless, when we push and push and push, and we don’t take breaks or let ourselves have any fun, how can we expect to be full of life and ideas???? It’s almost like factory work, in that you need to do the same kinds of things over and over, then you fall into bed exhausted!
I don’t think that I’m particularly unusual. We all have schedules or lives that tend to be very full and seem to lead us, rather than us leading them! It is so important that we periodically assess HOW our days and weeks are going. Yes, of course there are plenty of things that need to be taken care of. However, when we slow down enough to stop and take a few moments to reflect, here’s a powerful question to ask.
Can any of it be:
1) Let go?
3) Done differently?
I’m the first to offer a quick “No!” Obviously, no one else will be checking my blood sugars or figuring out how many carbs I’m about to eat so I can match my insulin to that. Nevertheless, there must be some ways that I could go about my days a bit differently. Delegating? Perhaps I could find a playful way to gather my family and do some brainstorming or mind-mapping of all that needs to be done in our home. Perhaps there are some routines that can be shared. Perhaps there are some jobs that one of us finds really distasteful but that another doesn’t mind at all.
What about done differently? Probably room for that as well. For most of us with ADD, there is usually room for backing things us and doing them earlier so we’re not so rushed and frantic. Or perhaps there’s room for doing a bit more planning. It might be planning out which days you’ll exercise, or it might be planning out what meals you’ll have for dinner and then getting the ingredients all at once, instead of making several trips to the grocery store.
One Small Change
With even some small changes, I then have the opportunity to slow down and take some breaks and even find time for some fun activities. Making these changes is NOT meant to create the way to get more stuff done, but to create some balance in my life to slow down and enjoy it more.
- slow down?
- take some breaks?
- put more fun into your weeks (and even days!)?
Is there something that you can let go of? It might be an unneeded or unused item, or it might be an activity that is taking up time without really being necessary or nurturing. Is there a task that someone else could do or someone else could share doing? Or what about a way that you could do something differently? Taking the time to reflect on your schedule or perhaps planning meals for the week?
What might it be for you? I bet there is something. And if there is something, then you have a chance to create some balance in your life by slowing things down a bit and putting in something joyful. We all cope better with rest and with joy to break up the routine of our days. When we’re also managing ADD, the balance of enough structure (but not too much) is even more important. Making sure there is joy in our lives can give us the energy we need to manage the rest of our lives!