The Big POct 31, 2022
"Hold up... Wait... What?" my mind whispers in the background. A gray, dense brain "fog" covers everything like a weighted blanket to bear while I desperately search for a response to his question. I am starting to sweat. The pressure is expanding by the second. I am instantly frustrated and impatient with myself. I try to push through but it halts all thoughts and leaves me in a blank space. I pause... taking a deep breath, giving myself a little space to process the question again. Old beliefs of "get it right", "not enough" are creeping up and taunting me under this thick cover.
Each time this scenario arises, I tend to feel defeated and irritated that I have not returned to "normal"... or whatever my response/decision capabilities were prior to undergoing chemotherapy. However, what I am learning (and practicing) is to be gracious with myself in this moment. Healing is not the place to pile on more judgment or criticism. Healing is about listening to what I need - and if that is more time to process and respond... then that is okay and something I need to accept and allow for.
When my calendar is full or my day has a lot planned, I find that the brain fog kicks in more rapidly. I feel a pressure to be "productive". On these days, I will try to slow things down with meditation, put my feet in the grass, or just play a favorite song and dance around my living room for a few minutes. It releases the pressure to get it right and get it done now.
If you also struggle with the never-ending "list"? I invite you to find space in your days to intentionally slow down and renew your energy. Figuring out what things help you to regenerate and restore your own energy is a beautiful way to integrate ongoing healing for your mind, your body, and your spirit. You are worth it!
As for me, the work in progress continues... I am leaning into the learning and growing that is necessary for me to honor my own ongoing healing. This is a new way of being, I am committed, and I am worth it.
My battle with productivity, time, and ongoing healing is shared in another blog here.
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