Dealing with Setbacks

Setbacks happen, unfortunately. And when you have a million things going on, like me, and have pretty much every minute planned out, when those setbacks happen, they can really throw your schedule out of whack.

My setback happened in the form of a whopper of a headache, combined with some tummy issues, that had me in bed pretty much all day Friday. I felt like I could not function. Thankfully my mom was able to help with the kids, and I was able to get the rest I needed. But when you’re not up for doing anything but sleep, it’s hard to get homework done or work from home. It’s also hard to run errands or keep appointments. And it’s definitely hard to actually go to work. So I called out from work and rescheduled everything else.

Saturday was better, thankfully. I was able to go to work. But I was definitely running a bit slower than usual, and it took more concentration to focus. For someone who is used to running at peak efficiency and getting things crossed off the to do list quickly, having to take breaks to sit is a bit of a downer. I decided to cancel plans I had made for Sunday so I could rest a little more and not get my friends sick.

And that brings me to today. I’m getting better but still not a hundred percent. Hopefully another low key day will help.

So why am I bringing this up? Well, I wanted to be real. Sometimes I try so hard to be superwoman that I think I can make myself come across as invincible. But setbacks do happen, and they are often out of our control. I am certainly not immune. It’s also a reminder to be flexible. I could have tried to push through it on Friday – likely with disastrous consequences. I could have tried to salvage at least part of the day and tried to do something. But I decided to give my body the rest it needed, knowing I would figure the rest out later.

And then comes the most important part: it’s easy to get wrapped up in the to do list. I know I do it often enough. It’s easy to get consumed with everything you want and need to do, to worry about everyone counting on you and all your responsibilities. But here’s the thing: without your body, you won’t be able to do anything on your to do list. You won’t be able to fulfill any responsibilities or help anyone. So sometimes, when your body is working hard to get your attention, give it what it needs. The to do list can wait. Your body won’t. So take care of it!

I know I could do a better job of this. Maybe this incident was just getting sick, but it may have also served as a bit of a wake-up call, a reminder to take better care of myself. I’ve been doing better at giving myself little downtime breaks once in a while, but maybe it’s not enough. Perhaps during my low key day I can do a little thinking on what to do about that…

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