My cognitive therapist told me I need to make sure I don’t use too much cognitive energy in a day or I will be tired and unable to function very well the next. I must schedule my day so that I allow my brain to rest cognitively. This means doing things like listening to music, working in the garden, and swimming, playing around on Facebook or taking a walk with Sparky.
I have a personality that always wants to improve on whatever I do. For example due to my hand injury, I haven’t been able to work in the front yard for two years so it is overgrown and a bit messy. Instead of simply working in the garden by pulling weeds or grooming the plants, yesterday I spent time thinking about how I wanted things to be. While it’s true I need to plan and organize, it doesn’t need to be done on the same day I’m planning other things for this is when cognitive overload overwhelms me.
Today I’ve been tired and not able to think very clearly. Life isn’t about being overloaded and tired all the time especially since the only time limits I have are self-imposed. As I continue working on the book and the garden, I’ll try to remember that life is short. I need to stop and dance in the rain.