I had a massage this morning. I didn’t have any serious muscular issues to address, just normal accumulated tension. As I was enjoying the pressure while groaning (very quietly) occasionally as the therapist landed on a tight spot, I thought about what my body needs in the long term.
These are the things I’m going to work on.
1. Stretching daily. The therapist showed me some areas that need this care. I always stretch after exercise, but she showed me that I need it even more often & more broadly. For example, I need to stretch my hands/fingers/wrists because of all the work I do with them! So this will be a priority in the evening, before supper or before bed, depending on my evening commitments.
2. More regular exercise. I’ve been better with this in recent weeks, but it is now going to the top of my priority list. As I get older I need to be more active rather than less.
3. Bedtimes. I’m going to love my body enough to cease indulging in my favorite brain games (even though they’re fun for my brain) & start getting ready for bed every night around 10:00.
4. Attending to my tummy. This afternoon I saw a doctor about stomach pain that has recently increased. I think it might be a gastric ulcer – we shall see. In the meantime I’ve been told me to avoid dairy, spicy food, & veggies that cause gas – that is, everything that I eat all the time! Not sure that will happen. But I’ll try Pepcid twice a day before meals for a week; if it helps, that tells us something. They took my blood for testing, & I’m to schedule a gall bladder ultrasound soon. My mom had gall bladder surgery when she was about 10 years younger than I am now; I devoutly hope that won’t be necessary. [Edit to add: the doctor called yesterday to say that my blood tests were all fine, yay!]
5. Eating more generally. Less food! I’m not obese, but my reading has told me that losing weight should help me with stomach acid problems. Plus I want to feel comfy in my favorite clothes & return to being my slim self. I’ll need to keep my eye on these prizes day to day.
6. Overall, I want less stress. Getting the debt paid off will contribute greatly to that, but in the intervening months I need to keep to a minimum the stress of working extra to pay off the debt! This means that if the ADA extras for my online curriculum prove to constitute a long list, I will bow out of that commitment. It will be better to take longer to get rid of debt than to struggle under too heavy a load to pay it quickly.
My body makes this wonderful life possible for me. I will cherish it.