After taking the month of February mostly off blogging for self-care reasons, I decided that incorporating topics of mental health and self-care into my blogging routine would be beneficial to me, and hopefully, to anyone who regularly reads this blog. So here we are—my first self-care blog post of the year. And I’m here to talk about February, and why I had to take some time away from this blog.
For those of you who may not know a lot about my life outside of writing, running, and reading, I also have a full-time job. I’m an instructional designer and trainer, and I was recently (as in, on January 1st) promoted to team lead on a project. So while I was trying to get my feet under me on my new project, I was also preparing to train on a different project’s client site. On top of that stuff, my books second round of edits were past due and my EIC was lighting a fire under me about those, and my second marathon was slowly and steadily creeping toward me. By the time late January came around, I was exhausted. I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing anymore. I was unhappy.
I needed a break.
It was just one of those things where everything in life was happening at the same time. Murphy’s Law, I think they call it. In order to keep from imploding during a training session (there was at least one that I can think of where that seemed like a viable option at the time), I needed to cut something out of my life temporarily. It couldn’t be my book—that was on deadline, and to be completely honest, I was already way past my initial deadline anyway. It couldn’t be my full-time job, because that’s what pays the bills. It couldn’t be running, although that definitely suffered too—I had a race coming up that I wasn’t prepared for. And it couldn’t be reading—that was the one thing that was keeping me sane and allowing me to enjoy myself a little bit. So it had to be blogging. I maintain two blogs and contribute to two other websites, and ALL of them experienced cut-backs from me in the month of February. And I did exactly what I had to do in order to get where I am now—I worked late to prepare for trainings; I stayed up even later to work on my books edits; I dropped from the marathon to the half marathon in order to keep from hurting myself; I consumed books that I truly enjoyed in order to keep my head on straight.
I didn’t thrive in February, but I survived.
This is what I want this monthly themed post to be about—how did I force myself to think of self-care in the last month? How did I make sure that I was staying sane in this crazy world? In February, I took a break from blogging and read a bunch of books. I’m not sure what it’s going to be in March yet, but I always have something that I do so that I keep myself a little above surviving, if I’m not all the way at thriving.
How did you practice self-care in the month of February?