Three weeks ago l had surgery to remove my gallbladder. And although it was minor surgery and l’ve recovered well, I still needed time to rest.
It’s interesting when you’re normally a busy and active person, and you have to rest. Like l’ve written about before, not being busy isn’t something that comes naturally to me. But l realise that we're all work in progress and this is just something currently challenging me.
So when l did it well, what did my rest and self care look like ?
It included ……
Smoothies for breakfast: packed full of summer fruit and local, wholesome dairy.
Eating up the remains of our first organic fruit and vegetable box from Munch Crunch Organics. I don’t think l’ve ever eaten as many leafy greens as l did that first week after surgery….and l just felt so healthy for doing so.
Guided meditation and once when l felt adventurous a Beginner Relaxation class on my new Yoga Studio app. I found the meditations wonderful when l needed to calm my mind.
Drinking plenty of water.
Season 2 and 3 of BBC drama Call the Midwife. Those midwives and nuns from the East End of London kept me company during my two weeks off work. I loved immersing myself into their world, only problem is that l still find myself saying things like “tickity-boo” and starting my sentences with “perhaps…..”.
Our recliner near the living room window.
Being honest with my husband about what l could realistically do in that first week. You know, admitting that the operation did take more out of me than what l thought it would.
Walks around the yard, and as l healed, little jobs that would get me up and active.
Gradually increasing my level activity, and knowing when to stop.
There were times though when l put myself second and forgot that the two weeks l had off work were supposed to be for recovery. Those times left me spent and tired. They were a reminder about boundaries. A reminder that if you’re not ok, you can’t possibly be there for anyone else.
Self care and taking time to recharge is something l’m interested in exploring further. I’ve just order Jessica Turner’s new book, The Fringe Hours. Looks like an interesting read, especially for those of us who struggle to make time for ourselves.