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Back to Basics

Sunday, June 21, 2020

"In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics … am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise every day?"–Edward Albert

Rather than vent about every stressor I am facing right now, I thought I would keep things simple like this quote. I keep marching forward to the other side of a stressor. I get back to basics. Healthy food, exercise and sleep are the things that will help me cope with stress.While I can't completely control the quality of my sleep, I do what I can to protect it.

OK maybe one of the many things stressing me is that none of the plans for next school year involve my kids getting more than a small fraction of the education they would normally get. I just don't see an end in sight to having to do my own homeschooling and using what the school does as a supplement. It's daunting!

Sometimes I feel triumphant focusing on eating right, getting enough sleep and getting exercise despite challenges. When faced with stress I used to stay up too late distracting myself, eat junk to treat myself and skip exercise because I felt too lousy. By making healthier choices I remain strong and ready to endure and maybe at some point thrive.

There is so darn much I cannot control, but I can take care of myself so I am strong and resilient.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Here’s to more good choices this week!
    46 days ago
  • SPICY23
    emoticon I hope you can find ways to view the situation as an opportunity (a skill I seem to struggle with myself). emoticon Perhaps reflect on how people who successfully Home School by choice and preference actually do it. Many, by the time the kids are the ages of yours, have empowered the kids to develop their own learning programs and the parents serve as supervisors and resources rather than teachers. Some amazing things can happen when kids take ownership of their own learning and development. You might start by looking at what their schools expect and how that could be a base to expand from. Good luck. I am sure you will make the best choice for yourself and your family.

    Peace and Care
    52 days ago
    Wow, I feel for you. Homeschooling is a full-time job. Your choice to eat healthy and take care of yourself is a true triumph over adversity. Congratulations on choosing to take care of yourself. I just can't imagine what it must be like.
    52 days ago
    they do have yoga wine classes emoticon now lol keep eating right and feeling great
    53 days ago
    Joe and my first response to the virus lock down was to eat junk and be merry (well at least pacified from the stress reactions we were having). But, we did start swimming every day and walking in the neighborhood. A little over a month ago, we decided to get back on the diet track and increase our exercise and we both feel so MUCH better and more able to handle what is coming our way. It was so hard to see it from my easy chair surrounded by cookies and candy, but losing all of the junk food was actually the way to inner calm, energy and ability to think rationally. The other way felt more "natural" but actually made it so much worse (increasing anxiety and dread, insomnia, lethargy and depression). A lesson both of us have (sadly) had to learn over and over again. Maybe this time it sticks? We're both feeling so much better (and down 13 pounds for me; 25 for him) that we both feel committed to this lifestyle now and into the future regardless of what happens with the pandemic, social unrest and political upheaval.
    53 days ago
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    53 days ago
    Wow! You are on the right track. I cannot imagine thinking about homeschooling for one plus years before the schools get back together.
    54 days ago
    I don't drink, but the Yoga poster makes it really tempting! Try not to project too far into the future.

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    54 days ago
    I thought of you the other day when I was taking a brisk walk and it occurred to me that at this point I'm exercising more for mental reasons than physical health ones. I mean, it feels great to get out and move, but mostly I'm doing it right now to not go crazy. And I thought of how you're always making that connection between exercise and stress.
    54 days ago
    Not to downplay your worries and stress. I know they are real and definitely taking their toll. But.... that Yoga quote is going a LONG way to improve my week!
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    54 days ago
    OH my, My DIL is facing the same issue w/my grandson. Still don't know if the school is going to open, but even if it does, the chances it is going to be part time in school classes, part time home schooling. BUT it just smells like lots more work for the parents again. **SIGH* Saying prayers for her and you that things work out.

    But you are wise to take care of yourself, for sure!!! Definitely you need that to be on top of your game.

    Good luck my dear.

    54 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    54 days ago
    Good for you for making good choices in your life while faced with some pretty large stressors. I have to admit that I am not always doing the same. I sure do try though. I had five school-aged children at one point in time and I can't even imagine if something like this happened back then. I think you're doing an amazing job!
    54 days ago
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