20th -26th May 2019 is “Action for Brain Injury Week”. Activities aimed at raising public awareness of the effects of brain injury, and the dangers, will be held. Headway is the force behind it, and its branches will be holding Hats for Headway up, down and sideways across the UK. Find out more by clicking the poster.
As this year’s theme spotlights fatigue, I may as well throw my hat into the proverbial ring and talk about fatigue in this month’s post. My neurologist once said to me: “Sean, you can do most of what people can do. It’s just that what they do on one Mars bar, you can do on two.” So here’s an example of how fatigue gets to me – what takes me from over-tiredness to being on top of things again.
This week I’ve taken a few days off from my day job. (I know we’ve just had Easter, but hey, I was doing Easter type things.) The day job often tires me out. There are times I return home and doze on the sofa before I’ve the energy to do anything else.
The house being a bit of a mess despite help, I’ve chosen to use the time to get a few outstanding chores done. To help myself, I’ve written a “to-do” list with reminders on my mobile for each day.
7am to 8am = Emails; letters; catch up on yesterday’s journal (1 hour reminder)
8:29am 8:31am = Med’s (Daily 1 minute reminder)
9:30am to 10:50am = Trip to shops etc. (3 hour reminder)
11am to 11:15am = Make important phone (15 minute reminder)
11:15am to 11:30am = Coffee & Kit Kat (1 minute reminder)
11:35am to 12:35pm = Filing (10 minute reminder)
12:40pm to 1pm = Lunch (10 minute reminder)
1pm to 3pm = Blog (10 minute reminder)
3pm to 3:20pm = Break (10 minute reminder)
3:50pm to 5:30pm = Blog (10 minute reminder)
5:40pm to 6pm = Snooze / read (15 minute reminder)
6:10pm to 6:30pm = Get ready for evening out with friends (1 minute reminder)
Thinking Behind It
Knowing what I’m like, I factored in some safeguards to help keep my cool, not get wound up if Life, if not my self did not keep to my time-plan. Let’s face it, the real world is filled with delays and “unforeseen circumstances”.
Note my reminders to myself. I’m not as good at waking up as I once was. My mobile actually bleeped my need to be at my computer at 6am – 1 hour before hand; I’d set myself a 1 hour “window” to psyche myself up to the reality of getting out of bed.
Be gentle with yourself when doing your own list.
I also planned breaks at times close to my daily routine at work. This has put me in a business-like frame of mind. (Parent ego state, to reference last month’s post.) Pacing is a must.
Here’s a presentation I Googled you might find helpful: “There is Nothing Lazy About Someone with A Brain Injury” by Adasm Anicich.
I got up at 7:30, so already I was behind what I’d intended. Thankfully, a letter I needed to compose was a virtual repetition of what I’d written a year ago. I just needed to change the date and a couple of other things and print off an updated version. After the usual showering and breakfast toutine, I left home half an hour later than planned.
But what I needed to do took less time than I thought. And my return bus stood waiting for a driver at the stop. (Good luck happens too.)
My point is: Be SOFTLY regimental.
Today I got all I needed to do at my computer. When I made my phone call I did not get an answer, even though I tried twice. I got through a big bit of my filing and I’ve completed this post to you on time, on the 15th of May. I’m happy.
Until next month, take care.