With the pandemic, everything seems amplified. Good and bad. I, like most, have had many high points and low points over the past year and I'm realizing how much my wellness is affected by these hills and valleys.
I've recently been in somewhat of a valley and have been very overwhelmed with my life. I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. I wish I had more structure to keep my organized and disciplined with my time. But until things are back to normal, I have to hold myself accountable and figure this out.
I recently complained to my husband that my well has run dry. The more I've thought about it, the more I'm realizing what a great analogy a well is for one's "well"ness. There are three things that impact a well. The first is water flowing into the well from the ground. The second is the bucket emptying water from the well. The third thing that impacts a well are cracks and breaks in the walls.
I've been assessing my well and I'm finding it to be an amazing construct for me to use while in this valley of being overwhelmed. I can easily sort areas in my life into these three variables - water, buckets and cracks.
1. Water - for me, my well is filled when I get regular exercise, spend quality time with my family, connect with others in a meaningful way (I really dislike texting and social media!), breathe well, hydrate, express gratitude, help others and learn new things.
2. Buckets - I have many buckets in my life and I wouldn't have it any other way! My family, work, my dog, caring for my house and garden, helping others. All of these things take water out of my well, but that's okay! As long as I replenish the water!
3. Cracks - These are areas that need to be eliminated or resolved. Negative people, negative thoughts, whining (which I do often!), things that aren't serving me.
This "well" analogy is proving very useful to me in providing structure in assessing how and why I'm feeling the way I am. Both in my mind and in my body. I'm very lucky to have a good friend, Veronica Scanlon, who is not only an amazing yoga instructor but also a women's wellness educator. She and I are partnering up with the Little Silver Library to provide a Wellness Workshop to the community. We'll be talking about the framework of a wellness "well" and she'll provide lots of ways we can replenish our wells. This will take place on Friday, March 12th at 11 am. Please join us! You can email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
Hey all you desk jockeys listen up! Here are some tips on how to create a dynamic workspace. Yes, I said DYNAMIC! That’s the key to alleviating back pain and neck pain from bad posture while working at the computer. As a former corporate gal turned interior designer, I have spent many hours locked in one position in front of my computer. Trust me, it’s a recipe for disaster! Your body needs to move to feel its best!
In my home office I alternate between standing and sitting all day long. Mostly standing, but sitting is okay too - as long as you do it well! I have a desk by Fully that adjusts from standing height to sitting height with the press of a button. Game changer! I have my screen set at eye level (using a stack of books) with my keyboard and mouse at a comfortable level where the bend of my elbows is little wider than 90 degrees. I take a lot of deep breaths - in through the nose and out through the nose. Another game changer is taking Foundation Training snacks throughout the day. Keeping my mat out in my little Zen Den area is a constant reminder.
So get up, breathe big and move! Your body will thank you! Message me if you struggle with this and I’ll help you figure things out!
Here's a picture of my home office (which used to be the kitchen in the original house).
Just for fun, below are some "before" pictures of the space. Big transformation!
I don't think this room had see the light of day in years. It was coated in grease and filled with stuff - including dead mice in the ceiling panels! This space was the one that really confounded me in terms of design. I knew it wasn't best used as a kitchen but wasn't sure how to fully use it. It ended up as my office and zen den. I find that they go hand in hand and it's now one of my favorite spaces in the house!