Take a break! Slow down. Relax.
Famous last words, eh? Well, they’re true. Even if it does seem to be easier said than done.
Most of the people I know, crafters and cancer patients alike, have a hard time not firing on all cylinders. There’s the creative need to do more, make more and do it all right now. And so we ignore our bodies when it tries to tell us to slow down. We drink copious amounts of coffee and when that doesn’t work we turn to processed stuff like Red Bull and Rock Star drinks. We stay up late to finish Christmas presents because things HAVE TO get done.
But we don’t look at the bigger picture of how that push can be damaging. Crafters (and cubicle drones) are prone to Repetitive Stress Syndrome. Athletes who do too much too soon can get a stress fracture. (Like me!) And when your body is worn out from chemo or radiation but your mind isn’t, it’s very easy to say “I can’t just lay down! I gotta wash the dishes! And do the laundry! And pretend to be Superman!” (Again, that was me!)
Western society, I think, pushes us to be the most productive we can be. Which is good, up to a point.
Monday I posted a short bit on panicking because Christmas is about 14 weeks away. I did feel myself start to panic and think about making all the things! for all the people I know! I did stop and think long and hard about just what I was doing to myself. My stomach was in knots because there’s so many things I actually need to do and only so many hours in the day. So I took a deep breath, stopped myself and wrote out a long term “To do” list.
I’m only going to craft some of the things! for only some of the people! And if it doesn’t get done by Christmas, that’s fine.
I’m urging you, beloved readers, to take a break. At some point in your day, take a pause, step away from what you’re doing for a moment and collect yourself. Look at what you’re doing and evaluate just what needs to be really done. Is there anything you can hand off to someone else? Does it really have to be done by a certain day?
Now closer your eyes and take another deep breath.
It’ll get done. And it’ll be amazing.
How do I know this?
Because you’re amazing. <3