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Hello 2024

It is hard to believe that another year is here. I have suffered with CFS/ME since 1984. I coped with Chronic Pain with no medication until 2016. My doctor referred me to Pain Management at that time. I also have a severe case of spinal stenosis. Anywho... I am starting this again! I have been stopping for the roses for a couple of years since I retired. I was an elementary school teacher in a wonderful school district. Now I spend my free time working with planners and journals. I am a voracious reader. In 2023 I read 275 books. So I wish all of you a great day! It is FRIDAY!!#52SmallThings #ChronicIllness

#CFS #PainManagement #SpinalStenosis #educator #biblejournaling


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Lazy, and worried about being lazy

Oh, my! I've been trying so hard to be an organized person, to have a routine that allows me to heal... and I haven't been able to do it.

Every day I set up my alarm at 8 and promise myself to wake up, eat breakfast, go for a walk, clean, take a shower, journal... and, guess what? I hit snooze, wake up an hour or so later, scroll through social media and finally get out of bed at 10 or 11. I barely eat breakfast, it takes me a whole lot of energy to clean up, and after that I just take a shower and have to cook lunch. After that, I start working and I'm free until 9.

I'm just so exhausted! I needed to get this out of my system. Definitely. #Depression #Anxiety #routine #Work #Planning #Journal

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How to level up your planning game this week

Need some inspiration about how to complete this week’s self-care challenge? We got you:

💪 Accept the difficulty of the task at hand. This expectation can actually help you be more willing to work through any issues that arise since there’s an understanding that challenge is a part of the process.

🗓️ Rather than planning every minute of your day, try prioritizing one or two areas of focus.

🧠 Do a brain dump, which is the process of dumping all the ideas and distractions in your brain onto some paper so you can think more clearly.

🔨 Break large tasks into smaller, snackable pieces. They’ll feel less overwhelming this way.

🖍️ Draw on whiteboards, use mind maps, or put to-do items on sticky notes if you have a strong tendency toward visuals.

📈 Put to-do lists in Google Sheets or consider apps that allow you to track progress in a numeric fashion.

🏔️ Make sure your plan is achievable. How this looks will be different for everyone.

#52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #Planning #MentalHealth #Selfcare #ADHD #Disability #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Parenting

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Dr.'s Appointment #BulletJournalBuddies #Planning #Anxiety #DE -Stress

I have an appointment with my PCP Thursday. I thought I would share what my preparation page looks like in my Bullet Journal.

At the top is the month, day of the month, and day of the week.

Underneath the date is the Topic for the page "Questions for Dr. Perry."

Then I spaced out the Headings of the subjects I want to remember to discuss with her:
my Lab Results, lingering symptoms of Heat Exhaustion, and others, including a Heading that says Silver Sneakers Membership, to remind me to ask her medical permission to join a gym.

Under each of these Headings I've left enough space to take notes (indicated by a dash) during our session. This will be Rapid Logging her advice on each issue.

I'm going to be proactive in this appointment, as I've already done research to confirm the gym near my apartment is part of my insurance's Silver Sneakers Program, and I've already looked through the gym's Fall Program to make a list of classes my Dr. might approve for me. This list of classes will be placed under the Silver Sneakers Membership Heading, and each class can be weighed and discussed with its pros & cons for my future health.😀

If you have any thoughts, questions, or further ideas, please feel free to share in the comments or in a separate post.

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I am thinking about my life in 5 years. Any ideas of a non toxic life both physically and mentally? #Life #Planning #CheckInWithMe #Healthy

I am in my early 20s and I have to start thinking about my life. I am pondering a bit. I already crossed off living in a city through process of elimation. Though I can walk in a city and things, I personally feel like it's the most toxic for my mental health due to the population. Criminals are there, politics is something I will hear a lot by people, it's just kinda a stressful place for me mostly because of the huge population and other contributing factors. I am looking for places to live. Other plans I have is to ditch smartphones and social media as I see that as very toxic, though I still want to talk to family and friends. I love small towns as I have a community yet it's not like a city. I haven't decided much other than I didn't want a city life. If you have any ideas that would be amazing.

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Are you impulsive or cautious?

Years ago, I was a fairly cautious person. I was a planner and I followed my plan. When taking essay exams, I outlined all my answers before I wrote a single word.

But lately I've caught myself being more impulsive. I notice it most in my writing, which I'd love to be my career but is only a hobby, really. When I started my blog in 2009, I just did it. No planning, just writing and posting. And I never looked back.

More recently, I've been even more impulsive with writing tasks. It's weird.

What about you? Are you impulsive or cautious? Or maybe it depends on the situation?

#impulsive #cautious #personality #Planning #amwriting


Forward Planning

Does anyone else find forward planning to be therapeutic and relaxing? It could be planning a party, wedding, for the holidays. Anything. It helps with my depression, it’s a great distraction and gives me something to look forward to. #Planning #CopingTips #Positivity

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