So, it’s been eleven months since I started this life reboot endeavor. Last month I reported for the first time in a while. This month I made some progress, but was help up by the terrible, no good, very bad allergy season from accomplishing more. Every year around this time of the year, my allergies and sinus issues literally explode. So much so that nothing I seem to do helps very much. I take allergy and sinus medicine, I use a saline solution to keep my sinuses rinsed out, I take hot steamy showers or use steam therapy, and I drink lots of water and/or hot teas. The only thing that seems to help on days when it’s really bad is just to lay down and try to sleep for a couple of hours. For a couple of weeks there, it was an everyday occurance. Now, the bad days are starting to be less and less. Which is good, but I still feel bad that this keeps me from doing more. I shouldn’t feel bad, but knowing that doesn’t keep me from feeling that way. Sigh…
So now for the actual check-in.
Exercise More Consistently. I started out strong at the beginning of the month, but fizzled out. So, I’m giving myself a low grade.
Eat better. I did eat better overall this month, but I’m still having an issue with drinking too much alcohol and eating things that are bad for me. Also, these bad eating times seem to come in waves. Once I start, it’s hard to stop. I have to remember that going forward. Also, I still reach way too often for food as a source of comfort during stressful times.
Write more. I wrote one more day than I did last month, but had slightly less words. So, again, I’m giving myself a middling grade. I need to remember to set an alarm for writing time moving forward.
Read more nonfiction. My nonfiction reading has definitely suffered this last month. I think I read part of a nonfiction book only a couple of days this month. I have been reading more blog posts, but, as I said before, this doesn’t count.
Enjoy just being more. This is probably the area where I improved the most. Maybe it has to do with being stressed and depressed for a couple of months, but I’ve started to take time where I’m not staring at a screen or working. These times have really helped me keep my head on straight these last couple of months. In fact, when I feel myself getting too far into what I refer to as “the black hole” (that feeling that there is too much going on and I can’t deal with it) I just stop what I’m doing and take time to breathe.
Ship more. I have been working on several big projects lately and haven’t shipped much of anything beyond a little bit of work for clients. So, shipping gets a low grade.
Overall, I’m doing better. As I near the end of the year, I have to ask whether I’ve been truly successful with this life reboot. I’ll save my observations of that for next month.