Today’s coping tip is to try a new way to practice self-care and be kind to yourself.
One of the things that I learned to do better during the pandemic was take care of myself. I learned how to better gauge how I feel, accept shortcomings, while still striving when I can.
It’s Thanksgiving in the US and I’m grateful for so much of my life. I really have a very perfect life in almost every way.
That being said, sometimes times are tough. The last few weeks, and the next one, are busy and stressful. Prepping for the Summit, with lots of disparate commitments, then trying to cram in more prep this week before I leave the country for two weeks has been hard.
However, I have been learning to flow with life. I have had some long days, but there are times my wife is free, or she’s been unable to work, and so I take advantage of those times to do something with her. We’ve had a few dates, and had a few afternoons where we run errands. Sometimes I just lay in bed with her and watch something on TV.
That helps me recharge and cope with the busy times. The nature of our lives work well, and when we get the chance to spend time together, or one of us needs it, we try to take that time. We both know the other might need to then shift work to another time. I’mlikely to need to write or prep something at 9pm, just as she might need to go feed horses or take care of a chore at 9pm after a dinner.
We’re taking care of each other by being flexible and taking advantage of time together when we can.
I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQL Server Central newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.