Slow Down: Cutting Back for Self-Care

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

January 19th, 2010 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

In my personal training session yesterday, we did some lower body work that retriggered this thigh-groin pain. I’m having trouble walking today. I was feeling rather panicked in the morning, not just becuase this setback poses challenges for making it to various meetings, but becuase setbacks just generally sap energy; and I have so much going on right now. Among other things…

  1. I’m working on a couple of article assignments with immediate turnaround deadlines.
  2. I have all kinds of documents to prepare for various business loan applications.
  3. I need to prepare logistics for my class series starting next week, and I need to promote the classes.
  4. I need to prepare for a radio interview tomorrow and follow up on other media interviews in the works.
  5. I have to take care of a number of personal administrative matters.

So I made a call to a friend, and with her help, I realized that I don’t have to do absolutely everything right now. I have since figured out what I definitely have to get done this week (which I am in the process of doing) and what would be great for me to do, but not necessary. Yes that means that I’ll be operating at 70% capacity in some matters, instead of 100% capacity. And yes that means that I will not progress as far and as fast as I would like to this week.

But it also means that I can focus on the most urgent matters and do solid work on them, without making myself stressed out and, therefore, exacerbating my pain. It also means that I will have the time to breathe and dance and rest and take care of my body. And in the long haul, that is the most effective and efficient decision I can possibly make.

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