QOTD: Nutrition, exercise, and sleep

It’s a stressful time in my household. Both I and the man of the house have temp gigs after months of unemployment.  A relative is ill, needs to move to an assisted living situation, and I’m organizing most of it.   The to-do list is long and getting longer.

But I need to take care of myself, too.  To do this, I’ve been focusing on getting enough sleep, some exercise, time with my “nucleus” and close friends.   So this bit on a reducing stress during times of change was rather reassuring:

[N]ow, more than ever, you must respect your body. Give it the best fuel you can, exercise it well, give it the rest it needs to run at its best. Nutrition, exercise and sleep are not luxuries; they are necessities.

Also essential in life is our humanity. We need to create bonds with family and friends to feel happy.

I also liked found this proportion-making:

Friendship, laughter and that human connection have no cost, yet they are priceless.

We need shelter, water and food for survival. Most Americans have access to all three. We have no war in our country. Our children enjoy opportunities many of the world’s children can’t even imagine.

I also periodically spend a bit of time taking deep breaths and reminding myself that it doesn’t all have to be done at once.

12 thoughts on “QOTD: Nutrition, exercise, and sleep

  1. I have to remind myself it doesn’t all have to be done at once, too. It’s hard to keep that in mind when there’s just so much stuff going on that it’s overwhelming.

    It’s really hard to remember that sleep is super important just for sanity’s sake; sometimes it seems like it’d be easier to just do without it and get more work done, but I’ve come to find that that only makes the quality of work suffer.

  2. Yes! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and situation and for the reminder that we need to check in with ourselves and our bodies and make sure we’re respecting and loving accordingly. <3

  3. I hope you will find more lasting employment soon, and can help your relative get settled–without (you) having to take on more stress than you can reasonably navigate. It feels so overwhelming at times. Hard to remember that luck can improve, and good things are still known to happen. :)

    Many of us, I believe, are facing especially difficult challenges, these days, with growing economic insecurity and fewer options from which to choose when making painful and life-altering decisions.

    Does one have the surgery and thus create unbelieveably unjust and decades-long debt (feels like indentured servitude must have been) or does one skip the surgery and try like hell to find different ways to work, live, survive…

    Yes. It all makes sleeping at night more difficult than ever.

    Well. You are not alone. I guess none of us are really all alone. But it feels that way, sometimes, especially when loved ones can only sacrifice so much before their own stress limits have been exceeded.

    I suppose to all of us: chins up. One foot in front of the other. And, yes, there are still many things left for which we may feel grateful.

    Hugs. And thanks for your thoughtful and honest posts!

  4. I want you to know that I will be thinking of you as you go through all of this. I am a Christian and the Bible says “This too, shall pass.” And it will. Hang on girl and after the wild ride is over, take another deep breath and smile! God bless you and your man.

  5. I’m sorry about all the stress at your house.

    Your ill relative, alone, is enough to cause all the stress you could ever want, even without anything else going on at all.

    We are your friends, and we are rooting for you and your family.

  6. Just wanted to drop you a line to say I was thinking about you and wondering how things were going and if the stress was calming down. I hope it’s all going well!

  7. I also wanted to drop a line of encouragement and say I hope things are getting better for you. Wow, ain’t it the truth that stress management is a crucial skill these days?! I’m sending positive thoughts your way and wish the best for you.

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