As a recovering procrastinator, I have just come through a dismal time. I had blogged about facilitating diligence – then I did the opposite. I set myself up for problems and I got them. My time, energy, focus dwindled to a trickle. I shot myself in the foot.
To “shoot oneself in the foot” originally meant to deliberately wound oneself in order to avoid military service. Over the years the meaning has changed to causing your own difficulty.
Both meanings apply to me. I willfully choose to do something even though it will harm me because I don’t want to engage in the battle I should engage in. I choose to do something other than what needs doing when it needs doing. Then I suffer for it. I avoid entering the proper battle yet I still limp around hurting and unable to function well.
The last two weeks I have been sluggish mentally and physically. I noticed it in decision making, driving, interacting with others, and in the work I did not get done. Tears came easily. I sat more in front of the TV and computer.
Here’s what I noticed was ALSO TRUE PHYSICALLY during the same sluggish time period:
I stayed up late at night.
I did not wear my oral device for sleep apnea; thus time in bed did not result in adequate rest.
I walked or exercised only twice.
I ate too much “indulging” food and not enough actual fuel for my body.
I ate too much sugar – a definite downer.
I drank too little water.
I sat in front of the TV and computer more. (This goes on both lists; it can be a cause or a symptom.)
I made it easy to be a sluggard. I facilitated slothfulness. My desire and ability to show up for “battle” dissipated.
Finally, recognizing I needed more rest, I went to bed early wearing the oral device that helps me sleep. Amazing! Then the ole brain recognized the other ways I’d set myself up for difficulties and I began to correct. Life is better!
All the time, but now as we head into the holidays, it’s important we maintain energy and make good decisions. We can facilitate those things by caring for ourselves physically – rather than shooting ourselves in the foot.
What physical care do you find essential not to put off so that you function well?