I had my first October session with Mia on Friday. One of the things that we talked about was being sure to take time for myself. Being a social worker, you would think this would be something that I would be thinking about more than the average person. Unfortunately, I don't always think about it. I know the importance of making sure that you care for yourself, and I am aware of what I need to do to take care of myself, but I don't always do it.
It sounds like a cop out, but sometimes I just don't have the energy to do things that make me happy or energize me. On the nights that I work, I find that after I get the kids to bed, all I want to do is veg out and watch TV. Not that there is a problem with that, but I know that I feel better when I do something while I watch TV. Sometimes, I try to fold laundry or clean my bedroom, but that isn't something I necessarily enjoy. What I prefer is to have a project to work on while I watch TV. I try to keep projects near my chair so that all I have to do is grab it while I am sitting there, and start. Last night was a perfect example of how I wasn't aware that there was a project right next to me until the movie we were watching was almost over. Unfortunately, my zoning out during the movie "Crash" was to check Facebook. The only good thing about that was that a friend's post reminded me that I should be working on a creative project instead of reading Facebook. After I read and commented on her post, I pulled out a knitting project that was right next to me and was at least able to knit a few rows. As much as I like reading Facebook, I like being creative more. One way I take care of myself is by being creative. One of my personal goals as well as one of the goals that Mia gave me is to take time for myself. I plan to take time and be creative without TV and without internet connection.
Another way I like to be creative is in cooking. I tend to be boring, for the most part, when I cook. My goal is to be a little more adventurous and creative when I cook. When I do find myself getting out of my comfort zone with cooking, I tend to enjoy myself. Sometimes I find myself forgetting that I have tried something in the past and then someone reminds me how much I enjoyed it. For example, I had a head of cauliflower that was sitting in my fridge, that was almost no good because I didn't want to take the time and energy to bread and fry it (I luckily found some yummy gluten free bread crumbs near me). A friend reminded me about roasting cauliflower and I remembered how much I liked roasted cauliflower. I used a little olive oil, some salt, pepper and garlic, and a little Italian seasoning and roasted it. It was delicious and now I remember that I can take a basic roasted cauliflower recipe and change it up by adding different seasonings to it. That's where I need to be open to allow my creativity to come in.
I think, all and all, I am a better person when I find time to be creative. Along with being creative, I plan to make sure to unplug more often and hopefully those creative juices will flow more if I use the internet more productively and not all the time!