The weekend has been weird. I spent a lot of time feeling very defensive towards Bea. I read her email from a screwed perspective, feeling as though she was done with this doctor stuff and wanted me to stop acting like this. I’m struggling with her, and unsure of what she wants from me. Not knowing what she wants, or thinks that I should be doing, or what direction she thinks I should be heading, or what she wants me to talk about now, is frustrating. I NEED to know what people want or need or expect from me, and when I don’t know those things and can behave the way I’m supposed to, I feel as though I will lose that person’s care and positive feelings towards me. I’ve already lost Kay, and my mom is back to being not here, and hubby isn’t really ever here.
Hubby and I planned a “family date” for Saturday. We took Kat to the pool. It was nice. I haven’t been to the pool, or to a yoga class for that matter, for months. I think the last time I went to pool was maybe early January. But going today, being back in the water was good. It grounded me. I forgot how free I feel, how much I feel like me, whole and okay, when I’m in the water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pool or a lake or a beach in Jamaica. I love the water.
My mind clears, anxieties melt away, my body feels safe, calmer somehow. I can breathe. So, I swam a few laps today, and played with Kat, and sat in the hot tub. For a few hours I forgot about feeling alone, and being sad. I forgot about the doctor, and my secrets and the shame I feel. For a few hours, I felt like the okay part of me was running things, like I was grounded and grown up and as if things were going to be okay.
After the pool, we went out to dinner and then to the movies. We ate and chatted and laughed at dinner. Kat has had food allergies since she was born, and this past winter, her allergies were tested again, and she was cleared to eat whatever she wants– no more allergies. Taking her out to dinner has always been fun, but now it’s almost a game of introducing her to foods she has never been able to eat before.
We saw Zootopia after dinner. I really liked the movie. Kat and hubby did, too. We sat together, curled up and munching on popcorn. It was nice, cozy.
Saturday showed me I need to get back to the gym. I need to start swimming again, and i need to go back to yoga. I need to start walking Hagrid again in the mornings. As much as I instinctively want to curl up in bed and hide, and do nothing, I need to remember that swimming and walking and yoga are the things that ground me. Hiding in bed is okay, and sometimes it’s something I need to do, and it can be healing and feel safe, but I also need to be able to feel calm and grounded. I need to get back to eating regularly, and being healthy. I’m capable, at times, of eating regular meals and not starving or purging, but only if I’m being very controlled and scheduled. Maybe that’s the way it starts, and if I can find a way to eat better, even if it’s controlled and regimented and I have to follow my crazy food rules, maybe that’s something that can be built on to learn to eat normal. If I can manage to not starve and not purge, maybe I can learn to be normal. After all, I found exercise that I can do without overdoing and being crazy. Maybe this can get better, too. Being together as a family, feeling grounded from being in the water, gave me a feeling of connection, of love. Things felt authentic and real today. I felt whole. Today, I was real.
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Thank you. 🙂
I know this too: physical exercise makes me feel better. It plants me solidly in my sweaty, panting body. Water is always calming. These things absolutely help, and whenever I can push myself a bit to do them, I will feel better. So, like you, I have been giving serious thought to how I can build a routine that includes regular exercise and healthy food on a predictable schedule. I am going to try to use this medical leave to figure out a plan that will be sustainable even when I go back to work. Maybe we can compare notes.
We can totally compare notes. I’m glad you are working on building a routine of exercise and eating healthy. It’s hard, but I guess this is where self care comes into the picture. I haven’t figured a schedule yet, exactly. I’m trying not to get too over controlled. Xx
This makes me smile. I love the idea of a family day, and that you felt real. Were real. Such a gift, amidst the heavy trauma processing.
It was a gift. I’m grateful I have my family. We try to plan special days for Kat. Xx
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I don’t know that yoga always grounds me but I do know what happens when I don’t go and it’s not good. Yoga forces me to eat a bit so that I can move. It keeps me from doing stupid ED stuff because I have to be healthy enough to get up early and be a warrior or a crow. My T asked what I like best about yoga–the community or the poses. I smiled because it is definitely the people on most day. I love feeling connected in a distant sort of way. Today I went hiking with my son. And I’m planning on being outside more because that definitely grounds me. Crazy good how love always seems to be the answer though isn’t it!!!