Pacing myself, plus aphorism of the day

It’s been an intense two weeks of doing-things-other-than-blogging. I had article deadlines—the assignments were for beloved clients, but the articles were troublesome and energy-draining. I had three presentations to prepare, two of them workshops that I was giving for the first time. Normally I try to schedule things so that I have space between energy-and-anxiety-intensive creative deadlines. That didn’t happen this month. So the best I could do was leave a few empty days afterward.

My throat has been scratchy for the past few days. I tell myself that since it hasn’t turned into a cold (yet), it won’t turn into a cold, and that because I had a nap today I can start pushing myself again tomorrow. This attitude has gotten me into trouble in the past, cold-wise.

I really, really want to go to a Feldenkrais seminar tomorrow. It’s been on my calendar for weeks. It’s got a mindfulness slant, and I’m longing for some mind-body awareness that will free me from this chronic neck pain so that I can sit for longer stretches. (Ahem, how about taking more breaks at the computer?) But the class is 45 minutes away, and lasts all day, and I’m so tired.

I ran this by my S.O., the Professor, who said, “Don’t make yourself crazy, to get not-crazy.”

That’s the aphorism. You may quote him.


  1. Hi Janet,

    It seems like May was a crazy month for everyone. I had hard stuff and a crazy schedule schedule.

    I’m writing to share my mom’s age-old wisdom about scratchy throats — gargling with salt water. Mix about a 1/2 teaspoon to 8oz of luke-warm water. (By no means, does this have to be exact.) Gargle til the glass is empty.

    If I do this right when I start to get scratchy, I can usually avert a full-blown sore throat. (Of course, the above remedy is ideally accompanied by rest *wink*)

    Feel better,

  2. Janet Bailey says:

    @Sarah – Aww, thanks for the home remedy and good wishes. (Resting is harder to manage than gargling, I find.)

    Your songtaneous sessions sound fun. Wish I were close enough to participate.

  3. JoVE says:

    and a great aphorism it is, too. Sleep is good. there will be another feldenkreis seminar. HOpe you are feeling better soon.

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