Yasha92 Posted October 21, 2017 Report Share Posted October 21, 2017 Hi guys. Yasha back again. Starting with the heavy stuff, so skip on by if you don't have the spoons for that xXx. I've really been struggling these last couple weeks (hence the drop-off from my last challenge) Mr's medication for his depression/anxiety stopped working quite suddenly and his unwellness really shook me. I ended up taking a couple days off work to be home and keep an eye on him (the step just before suicide watch). I managed to encourage him to get to a doctor to get the green light on doubling his meds, set up an appointment with the psychologist and just generally supported as best I could. Basically we're on the right road, but it's really rocky right now. I had a lot of stuff go down at work as well, another full timer has resigned to take a position elsewhere, and two of my reliable casuals as well. On top of that we had a student and a member of the extended community complete suicide within two weeks and we have been dealing with the backlash of that at the center as we process all the leave/extension applications for the whole university. Being that this was an issue so close to home at the moment it really shook me. As part of my coping I have been playing a fair amount of the videogame "Don't Starve". It is really resonating with me at the moment, and so I have decide that this challenge I am having a theme, and the theme is drawn from the game. In this game there are three main trackers to keep an eye on: Stomach, Brain, Heart (Hunger, Sanity, Health). Stomach: In don't starve the stomach bar is slowly but constantly depleting, and daily work is required to keep it full and the avatar satisfied. - My Fitness Pal, daily. I am trying out a nutritionist (free as they are a nutrition student and need peeps to use in future assessment tasks). For week 1 I will be simply tracking and reporting back. We'll see how the goal changes week-to-week from there. - Drink 2L Water, daily. I want to drink minimum two of my 1L drink bottle per day. - Dry challenge (what? Yasha I thought you said you wanted to drink more?!). No alcohol for the period of the challenge. This morning I drank a rum and lemonade at 9am. This is not who I am nor who I want to be. Alcohol doesn't play nice with Mr's medication at the moment either, so it will be good to support him in not drinking at the moment. ...couldn't find a picture just of the healthy brain, but it illustrates my point nicely... Brain: This is the sanity tracker in Don't Starve. Lots of things can affect sanity loss, similarly to how lots of things in life are stressful which will try to drain my mental resources. - 10min mindfulness, daily. This can take the form of colouring (as it did today), walking in the botanic garden making flower hats, doing a quick yoga video, basically making sure to fill up my mental meter before trying to give. As a full time carer it can be really difficult to remember to put myself first, but I've had a wobbly few weeks and need to hone in on that to keep it from becoming a real problem. - Daily affirmation. Initially I had 'morning affirmation', but that sets me up to fail if I forget in the morning with no way to redeem myself. I will recite my three lines each day at least once. - Save $40 this challenge towards new computer. My current laptop was only ever meant to take notes in class. It's dying and while it gets the bare minimum done it is frustrating to use, I waste time and mental energy waiting for it to complete simple tasks. I will dedicate $20 per paycheck towards getting a new computer. Heart: The health meter. - Krav Magar 1/week - Gym 1/week - Brush teeth, daily. That's it! hoping keeping it super simple will get me back on track (or at least as on track as I can be). 4 1 Quote Mini | | Jan 16 || Feb 16 || Mar 16 || April 16 || July-Aug 16 || Aug-Sep 16 . || Sep-Oct 16 || Oct-Nov 16 || Dec 16 || Jan 17 || March 17 || April 17 || May 17 || August 17 || Sep 17 || Oct 17 || Grind it out || Jan 18 || Feb 18 || April 18 || May June 18 || Nov 18 || Oct 19 || Early 2020 || Halfway thru 2020 || Yasha High-5s herself || Jan 2023 || Current Challenge: Yasha holds steady (Feb-Mar 2023) Link to comment
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