Mindfulness Monday ☮️ Make a Change

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Hello, All!

Happy Monday to Each and Every one of You!  

It’s been a couple week’s since I’ve done this series and by now you all pretty much know the reason why I had stopped.  Yes, “The Migraine From Hell!”  I’m very pleased to announce that after downing Tylenol’s and sleeping like a cat on/off for the last two weeks, it finally paid off.  It great not seeing through the kaleidoscope anymore!

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This week I’m coming back with all my series and hopefully enjoying in participating in many bloggers prompts.  However, there is something I must adhere to.  My own limitations.

I realized something very important over the last couple of weeks, and that is… I really don’t take all that good of care of myself.  Sure, I meditate 2 times a day, I drink plenty of water and only one cup of coffee per day, but what I really need to do is make sure my overall health is in check.

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Today, actually to be honest last Friday, I wrote a list of the following things I need to do in order to watch my overall health and well-being.  The following appointments are to be scheduled today:

  1. Eye Exam.
  2. Physical (blood work and such).
  3. (I know this one doesn’t apply to me, but Peanut needs his nails clipped).

It’s nearly three years since my eyes were checked, and at least a year and a half since I had blood work done.  

To say the least, I concentrated so much on the mental aspect of my health, that I blatantly ignored the rest of me.  I’m such a dumbass!  A woman my age should have certain check-ups done yearly.

Well, since this migraine crap took place, it really concerned me.  Fact is, it scared me a little too.  It triggered my anxiety and I had to keep fighting off thoughts that I might be having a stroke, I mean that’s how painful the whole thing was.  Then it also struck me like a bullet when I read a post by fellow blogger, Renard, of “Renard’s World”.  I had reblogged it over this past weekend.  You can read it here if you missed it:  https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/stop-biting-off-more-than-you-can-chew/

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How many of you spend more than 8-10 hours a day online blogging?  

I can honestly admit, prior to being struck down and still trying to keep up with the Jone’s so to speak, I was running myself ragged by blogging every day for seven days a week and at least posting a minimum of 3-5 and even 7 posts a day at times.  WTF? Why?  Is it a competition?  Am I that concerned over stats? Was this a job? Did it become a chore?

Besides waking up and taking care of Peanut, making coffee, meditating, and self-care (If I was lucky to be doing that every other day), I sit in front of this laptop writing and reading as much as I could.  Then couldn’t understand why my brain was fried.  Again, I’m a dumbass!

This weekend I happened upon a post on Pinterest by “thisisallgoingon.com” -https://www.thisisallgoingon.com/reducing-my-blogging-schedule-a-lesson-in-pacing-for-chronic-pain-sufferers/ 

Since launching my blog I've worked hard to maintain a schedule. My chronic illness has flared up, telling me to learn to start pacing myself for health.

Duh?  I have chronic knee and back pain and I sit at a computer basically from the time I get up until it’s time for me to unwind and go to bed.  This is not healthy for me!  Granted, yes… I’m in massive pain most of the time, but I’m not taking the time I truly need to help my body get stronger.

Some people can handle this all day, every day, but I realized my own limitations.  I’ve ignored my own health issues because I’m a blog-a-holic!  I have come to the realization that I need to pace myself and make some changes in my own blogging schedule.  

Now, can I pull this off?  Can I actually maintain a schedule?  Damned if I know, but I at least have to try.  I have to take care of my health.  Funny thing is… I know that blogging has helped my mental health in so many countless ways.  Heck, the time that I took off because of a migraine bothered me so much because I felt as if I was missing out on my therapy.  Yes, blogging is my therapy.

I look forward to seeing all my blogging buddies and reading their content and or pieces of work.  I also feel utter guilt when I can’t get to read everybody’s work.  It’s a catch 22.  

How do you pace your blogging schedule?  Do you even have a blogging schedule?  Do you feel as if your addicted to blogging as well?

I’d love to hear your comments on this particular topic, please?  I’m really curious.

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Alrighty, Folks!  This concludes Mindfulness Monday ☮️ Make a Change.  I hope you have a sensational week ahead of you!

Take Care & God Bless,

Beckie 💗


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Credits: Google Images, Pixabay, Pinterest, Giphy, Renard’s World, and, thisisallgoingon.com



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  1. I have no actual schedule. One day last week, I didn’t even feel like doing my picture of the day so I didn’t! At first, yes, it was 6-7 days a week. I couldn’t maintain it! For a while, it was every other day. There’s no rhyme nor reason. I just do what I want. Has it served me? Well, my blog isn’t viral. Do I wish it were? Yes. You be the judge. Also, OMG a 2-week migraine? Yikes!!!! I’m glad you’re getting checked out! ♥️💞♥️💞

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    1. I’m so relieved to actually read this. Now I don’t feel like I’m the only one that is experiencing somewhat of burn out. It really is hard to maintain a constant drive.
      Yes, I had pre-posted this post for this morning in order to schedule all the apointments I wanted to.
      I actually feel a sense of relief by scheduling them.
      Peanuts wings tomorrow, Eyes next week, and the earliest appt I could get for the physcial was in December, but that didn’t surprise me at all.
      Thank you so very much for your comment, Sue!!! Very much appreciated!! 💖🤗

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  2. Awesome post and glad to hear you’re feeling better!
    I started seriously blogging a month ago as a way to start addressing my anxiety and depression (blogging has also become my therapy) and I was blogging daily. But there were a few days this past month that I felt stressed and anxious about trying to get something written up and posted because I had other pressing matters that were taking precedent. So I recently instituted a blogging schedule where I only post Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This gives me three days per week to take it a little easier and to finesse my posts a little more.
    I’m happy you’re back!

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    1. I’m highly impressed with your scheduling, I’ve gotta admit!
      I guess you found too that it was almost like you were adding more anxiety by trying to keep up with it daily, am I right? I know that is how I was starting to feel.
      Last night for instance, I had pre-posted this post for this morning. Not only was I able to make all my appoinments, but I didn’t feel stressed over having to write this post frist thing this morning like I normally do.
      You’re schedule sounds wonderful, and freeing even. Less anxiety and guilt free, I love it!
      Thank you too for wishing me well. Yeah, I don’t wish that kind of pain on anyone. Today, is actually the first day I haven’t had to gulp down Tylenol. It feels so good not to feel that pain or the fogginess I was feeling afterwards. 🤗
      Take care of yourself!! ((((Hugs))))

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  3. I probably spend the same amount of time as you were blogging and doing assorted blog-related things. I’ve gotten a lot better about not feeling guilty for skipping people’s posts, although it still happens sometimes.

    3-7 posts a day is a lot, and no wonder it gets to be too much! I’ve found that scheduling my posts a couple of weeks ahead of time has worked really well for me, because it means I don’t put any pressure on myself to write on any given day.

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    1. I had no idea that you scheduled your posts so far out in advance. That’s incredible!
      Here I am always feeling like I running behind the eight ball trying to catch my breath.
      I pre-posted this post last night. This was so I could handle all the scheduling I needed to take care of first thing this morning. Mission accomplished!
      Now, I feel like my life is in motion and these health issues can be addressed.
      I just finished reading a post from “Prairie Chick” and I loved her idea of every other day postings. This way she had free time to take care of her needs without the additional pressure of stress and anxiety trying to keep up with postings.
      Between what you do and her idea… that sounds fantastic!
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on blogging scheduling. I greatly appreciate your feedback. 💖

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  4. I don’t keep up on my health either. I only go to the eye doctor when I need to. I can’t get blood work done or eye drops done because I pass out and go into what is similar to a seizure. So I avoid those at all costs.

    I started to focus on blogging when I want to and for myself. When I started, I wanted to blog constantly and I was trying to make everything in my life a blog posts rather than enjoying life and blogging. Taking a break and blogging when I want to helped me the most. I still blog often but it’s because I want

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    1. Oh my goodness, you have that type of reaction to having bloodwork done? You poor dear.
      I’m certainly not a fan of it, that’s for sure, but my vision has truly worsen over the last year. This is a must, and I was able to get an appointment schedued for next week.
      I’m like you in the sense that I do blog for myself, however… I tend to get carried away sometimes. I love prompts, but I also like to work on my series as well.
      Again, for me, it comes down to limitations. I don’t want to burn out or ave my blogging turn into a core in which I loathe. (That’s reserved for laundry and such) LOL!
      Thank you so much for sharing your blogging history and how you handle when and how you schedule your writing.
      Take good care of yourself… You only have the one you. 💖

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  5. Good Mornin’ Beckie…
    An excellent post – I can relate 100%.
    I’m glad to read you gave lots of thought to how you’re spending quality time and your personal health.
    Although I limited my time, I felt the need to post ‘something’ daily to fill up my calendar spaces.
    To sum up my feelings:
    1. I enjoy my newfound blogging buddies.
    2. At times writing was quite therapeutic.
    3. I increased my vocabulary.
    4. I learned quite a bit thru the experience.
    5. Recently I realized my hobby was becoming a chore.
    Limitations, change and a good vent are on my to-do list.
    Your blogging buddie. . . June

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    1. LOL! All this time, I never knew your name was June. My sincerest apologies.
      I’m so pleased you found this post interesting and found the time to comment. I greatly appresciate it!!
      #5 Realizing that your hobby was becoming a chore… That is my worse fear. I love blogging, but I realized it was becoming stressful, and I constantly feel guilty for not being able to read everyone’s posts daily.
      Oh… And the blogging buddies!!!! 💖I adore all of them. They are more of a family to me than my real family hands down.
      It’s kind of funny to me… I honestely didn’t think I was going to get so much feedback pertaining to this subject matter, but from what I’ve been reading… There are so many of us that feel this way.
      Scheduling and limitations is what I know I have to do for myself.
      I actually pre-posted this post last night. Why? Because I was able to take care of sceduling all my appointments. Now I feel like I finally accomplished taking care of myself instead of ignoring all my health issues.
      Again… Thank you so much for your comment!!! I really truly appreciate it!!
      Take care of yourself, June!!! 🤗

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      1. Thanks for the lovely response.
        No apologies needed about the name.
        It appears somewhere in my blogging ‘career’ LOL I dropped the three letters following the ‘j’ – added a middle initial and last name plus discovered it was okay to place writer after my name (not author yet). In my ‘spare’ time (LOL) I make mini-videos for a cell phone app. Most of my followers refer to me as jaquin same as here on WP. 🙂 🙂
        You came up with an excellent solution that will definitely help.
        I should try that scheduling idea in the future.

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        1. LOL! It’s funny how some names I can remember like the back of my hand, then others I brain fart. June should have been an easy one for me, since that’s the month of my birthday.
          That’s exactly what I have done to day… Pre-posted, wrote out a schedule, and hopefully it sticks. 🤗 I hope it works out for you as well!
          Have a wonderful evening! See you tomorrow! xoxo!!!

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  6. This is good thinking. Pacing yourself and setting a schedule works very well once you get used to it. I usually limit my blogging to morning and evening. The rest of the day, I look after myself, visit friends and do my chores.

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    1. Wow! You do all those post in a matter of a morning and evening? Dang, girlfriend… You’re freaking amazing!!!
      Yes, the pacing myself is needed. Based on pre-posting this, I was able to take care of making all the appointments necessary. I actually feel calmer knowing that I took care of things in order to take care of my health.
      Heck, even Peanut is getting his nails done tomorrow. He won’t be happy about it, but my pin holed hands will be thrilled! LOL!
      Thank you so much for you comment, Wonder Woman!!! 🧙‍♀️💖

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      1. You’re very generous with your praise. But I did this over a period of last 4-5 months. Before that I was completely frazzled by my blogging commitments. It helps to organise. And selfcare is very important.❤️💕

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            1. Thank you. I’m hoping so too.
              On that note my dear friend… I must close and get some rest. Here I was suppose to be pacing myself, and I’ve been here all day again. LOL!
              At least I got some stuff pre-posted and sceduled ahead of time. Namely which, my appointments.
              Have a wonderful evening, dear. See you tomorrow! 💗

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  7. Hey Beckie, a quality post – everyone needs to do what they feel comfortable doing – is the first rule of thumb. I think you have to be addicted to blogging and if that term doesn’t sit right then you have to be passionate with your blog. BUT, also l think it comes down to what your expectation is from your blog for you and your audience/readership.

    I do schedule in fact in the last two months alone l have been working exclusively on schedules and time plans with regards my blog and my day. In some respects l envy those who can do so little, in another respect l do not. I however have cut down on my own blogging content in the last six weeks – at one point three months ago l was publishing, sharing and reblogging a total of nearly 18 posts per day.

    But you can’r sustain it especially if you have a desire to do other things with your life …. like live it.

    Time is the essential oil here – the magical and valuable ingredient is time.

    I would like to include your post here in a post l am creating this week on this subject ‘Time and schedules’ there l’ll write a fuller post and response … provided l can get the time to.

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    1. Oh, please ping me when you do your post, I’d love not to miss that one!
      It really does come down to the time factor. That “Magical and Valuable Ingredient” you so put.
      I love blogging, I am passionate about it. However, I’m passionate about my health… That suffered. Because I was able to pre-post this last night… I was therefore able to take care of my personal scheduling of appointments this morning. Now, I feel as if I accomplished something.
      I also feel a sense of freedom in which I can spend quality time on my blog and concentrate on scheduling post the way I see fit.
      18 Post per day????? Holy Crap! That is amazing. Between you and Sadje.. I’m stunned. I think my fingers would fall off if I did that much. LOL!
      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts on this subject matter. I really appreciate you taking the time to share how you approach your blogging scheduling. 😁🤗

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      1. I will ping you when it’s published Beckie .

        The 18 a day was shares, my own and reblogs – but it was too much, these days l only do 8 and am working on cutting it down to 6 because l adore blogging, l love my blog, but it becomes all too overwhelming.

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          1. It was in fact several things which slowed me down, plus l also listen to what people say or comment or critique upon and somethings stay in my head for a long time, so l twist them, play with them and toy with them.

            I have so much ‘stuff’ l need to be doing, building a business , studying, working with designs and then blogging, BUT Buuuuuuuut life is really important – l can be terrible for self care when l become focused, however with Suze and scrappy, two huge issues found their way into my focus so l in addition to everything else, l have had to utilise these learning curves into my overall pattern – it is hard on someone like me to moderate and self regulate Beckie, because l am seriously bas at those things – but this weeks post is quite comprehensive and filled with learning curves 🙂

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            1. Rory, you are truly a marvel with the ideas that come to mind. Your authenic style, it sticks with the readers. I’m not just saying this, but you are the master when it comes to creativity and keeping an audience going and looking forward to more.
              Buuuuuuut, yes, life happens whether we like it or not. Today, I was able to schedule the things I needed to, plus I took my time in stead of rushing to plot and plan my series posts. I don’t want to do a half finished piece then regret it. I expect quality from myself, but in recent weeks that slid. Like you said… Learning curves.

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              1. Scheduling is a great bit of kit Beckie – l have been using it for months now, post dating helps a lot – it means should you wish you can pace yourself through a full 24 hour day as well as cover yourself for a full week’s worth – Ashley uber nifty at spreading her posts over a week with her post dating. Me,l also have the most elaborate wall planners, coloured magnets , the lot, l run a Excel document on and for the blog and all because of ‘Time’ ‘everything is always about time. Once you realise that your health is being affec ted by Time, you have to take note because their is usually some sky like voice telling you, you only have one shot at your allocated time – make it count 🙂

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                1. Yeah, I have just learned that Ashley schedules out a pretty good distance today as well.
                  I have at least two more post I want to get accomplished this evening, but it also depends on when my mother calls me back. That sort of slows me down sometimes, but it’s my mom and she’s number one in my life. LOL!
                  I really do feel better now that iI have taken the intiative in my health today. Now, all I have to do is worry about the cost of everything. Oye! Never dull! 🙄

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  8. Blogging is fun but not important. Work comes first. Blogging is a reward. This weekend I was greatly enjoying rewatching Breaking Bad, so I hardly blogged. I’m sure I missed a bunch of posts too. I’m fine with it 🙂

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    1. That’s an awesome and healthy attitude to have towards blogging. At least you can separate the two without the feeling of pressure, guilt, and know you can do your own thing… Like live! LOL!
      Thanks for your comment! Hope you enjoyed watching Breaking Bad. I have never seen it before. I may have to check it out. 🤗

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  9. I used to get my panties in quite the twist if I wasnt able to read all the posts from the blogs I follow. I dont worry about my own posts (Gee Dr Therapist, does this reflect my personality of always doing for others while neglecting my needs?🤔😂) except when it’s a bloggy award, game or something like that. The expectation 😫😱🤯…

    Actually, I enjoy the social interaction part of blogging more than any other part, so I dont worry about stats or schedules. I check out my reader several times a day, post if I’ve got something to say and forgive myself for skipping some posts. I’ve been cutting down (a little, I know its barely noticeable) on my commenting too.

    No more twisted knickers👍😘

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    1. Here’s to no more twsited knickers! 🙌 👏
      The social interaction amongst the blogging community is like no other. I’ve said this time and time again… You guys are my family! 😍
      Again, with me… I really have to pace myself and not have my hobby (passion) turn into a chore.
      I have to learn to schedule and be able to enjoy it without further stress or conflict with my personal life and health. 🤗

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  10. I am new to blogging, and so far enjoying it. I try to work on it a little bit every day. It keeps my mind busy, and I am continuously looking for new “blogging buddies” since I don’t know any personally. I’m glad to hear that you’re taking the time you need for yourself and your health! Mental health is important, but so is physical health. 🙂 This was the first post I read from your blog, and really enjoyed it!

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    1. Hello, Amy… A pleasure to meet you and weclome to the blogging world.
      I just finshed reading your last post… Healing after a abusive relationship is a huge step. Take your time and take care of #1 “You”
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed this post. This series runs every Monday.
      I hope you get the chance I did to make some of the best friends I have ever had from blogging. It’s a great source of support and love here!
      Thank you again!! 🤗

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