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Gearing-up for a Writing Marathon

I detest the phrase, “I’ve been busy.” However, truth be told, I have many plates spinning right now.

On Monday and Tuesday, I had a tingling sensation down my right arm into my hand. This pain surge always happens before and during the month of March since I spend more time on the computer. By Tuesday night, I needed to curl up in bed earlier than usual since I couldn’t bear to sit at the computer anymore. Yesterday, I consumed too much coffee and not enough water. I landed up with an epic headache. Therefore, today I guzzled 64 oz. of water by 4 p.m. (And then I made myself a smoothie so I could make sure I was even more hydrated.) These two things made me realize I must take better care of myself during March.

Drinking my favorite smoothie helps me stay hydrated!

I have the next two hours of my life to squeeze in about seven hours of work. Somehow — thanks to a green smoothie and some Yo-Yo Ma — I hope I will accomplish a lot in that time. Alas, I know I’ll shut the door to my office at 6:30 p.m., which is when I will resume being mommy, with loose ends. Most of them can be picked up tomorrow.

The 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge begins tomorrow. In the early days of the Challenge, I read every Slicer’s writing at least three times. I had to give that up a couple of years ago since I landed up in a wrist brace for three consecutive Marches. Therefore, I will pace myself (and apologize, in advance, for not making it around to everyone multiple times). I am a human whose body cannot spend hours upon hours at the computer anymore. Therefore, I have promised to listen to my body (and my wrists!) this year. There will be days I will only be able to read and comment on three Slicers’ blogs… and that’s okay. Most of the time, I know I’ll read and respond to many more since commenting on other people’s blogs is at the heart of this writing challenge.

How will you practice self-care during this 31-day writing marathon?

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34 thoughts on “Gearing-up for a Writing Marathon

  1. I’m so grateful for your dedication and honesty. I’m learning to give myself limits- that’s it’s ok to not do and get to everything. For me, it will be making more time for this and hopefully shifting priorities slightly for the month of March…not just squeezing another thing in. Can’t wait!

  2. You are wise and your question inspires me. January and February were roller coaster months, with bright promise and hope in early January plunging to deep sorrow and exhaustion. I plan to treasure every ordinary moment..
    Every routine day…take care of yourself, Stacy.

  3. Good question! Spending too many hours in front of the computer has been my life in the last two years when I started to work with my husband on his online business and doing some library work online.I try to go for bike rides at least three or four times weekly. They help me clear my mind and body. I also listen to soothing music and put some essential oil on a diffuser while I am working. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s great that you make bike riding a priority. I have prioritized exercise (Pilates, fitness classes, cardio) for a few years now. I typically work out 6-7 days/week. Crazy, right?!!?

  4. Yes, take care! You offer so much of yourself through this blog. We truly appreciate it, and so we will take your words to heart this month and take care of ourselves, too.

  5. Your question prompts me to think about self-care beyond the realms of JUST this challenge- it’s so hard to put ourselves first when we are surrounded by so many living, breathing, feeling, HUMANS!! I can’t wait to participate in this journey with you!

  6. I’ve been challenging myself for 8 years now and look forward to and yet am apprehensive about even completing the challenge. I love reading the depth and breadth of slices and am empowered by reading and commenting…….but I agree we ALL have to pace ourselves and take care of ourselves. Thanks for envisioning the power of such a challenge!

  7. Thinking of your self care – remember that is why there is a Welcome wagon – there are many of us reading and commenting so you can now step back and enjoy a few posts at a time. We can share that wonderful process of reading others work. Excited to be here writing and reading once again. Take care and enjoy this month!

  8. Thankful for your words of wisdom! I try to take movement and eye breaks following the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of staring at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Take care!

  9. You (and all of us) need to take care of yourself this month. It’s an exciting time, but also a time-consuming time. Thank you for all of your efforts in organizing this challenge and devoting so much time and energy into it each year. I’m forever changed because of it!

    P.S. I used to have that same Starbucks cup…until I dropped it and broke it. 😦

  10. Such an important point to remember. Self-care matters, and family time too. Happy writing! Take care!

  11. I think Self-care is important for teachers. We get so caught up in everything else going on that we forget sometimes to take care of us. I am impressed that you used to read and comment on everyone’s slice at least 3 times a month. That is impressive.

  12. Great question, Stacey! You sound like a very busy lady. You definitely need to find time for yourself, and of course, time to rest.:)

    I love being busy, but sometimes I overdo it. I will leave the house at 6:00 AM and walk in the door at 11:00 PM. Sometimes, the school day is short compared the directions (consuming time) that I go in the evening. I find that writing gives me a little (I stress “little”) me time. I hope that you have a wonderful and healthy March.

  13. My self-care goal will be to continue my consistent yoga practice. Sometimes it is easy to become sporadic, so I am going to make a concerted effort to prevent that from happening.

  14. I am glad that you are okay after that scare and taking the time to take care of yourself.

    This is a great question – how do you care for yourself? I have been trying to breathe more… Notice more and not multi-task. This is super hard for me.

  15. This has been on my mind, since reading your post, so thank you! Will be posting about some self-care: marriage edition (ha! Spouses get neglected during March!) on Sunday.

  16. I get it! I have a tendency to overfill my own plate a bit too often. And, unfortunately, I learned the hard way a couple years ago when I traveled down the rabbit hole of anxiety and then into her sister works, depression.

    Mental health and self-care are both something that we working moms tend to put at the bottom of our to-do lists. While I have this awareness, I am too quick to push it aside for others.

    So, I guess you could say that I’m looking forward to this month’s SOLSC, mainly so that I can channel some of my busy thoughts into some focused, genuine writing.

    Happy writing to you!

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