This weekend I:
- Read a book, for pleasure
- Took the dog for a walk at the park
- Had lunch with my mom and walked around the mall
- Had dinner with my father and grandmother
- Did my taxes
- Cleaned out my closet and drawers and gathered items for donation
I did not:
- Have a migraine
- Wake up in a cold sweat with my heart pounding
- Feel guilty for spending time with my family
Two weeks ago I decided to take an extended leave of absence from my Ph.D. program to focus on my health, particularly stress management. For many reasons, I've struggled with taking care of myself in the midst of all that has been going on over the last year and a half.
I was raised to believe that, if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything. I've learned that it's not that simple. There are only so many hours of the day, and you have to carefully prioritize your decisions. Often times sacrifices have to be made, and those, too, have to be carefully chosen.
Since I have former students that read this blog, I want to make something clear. Don't assume that you can sacrifice your health in the short-term for any other goal, no matter how worthwhile. No matter how young and healthy you are, sacrificing one's health isn't the answer; honestly, I don't know what is. Nevertheless, take care of yourself, folks! I will endeavor to try to do the same.