lizcommotion: A hand drawn spinning wheel covered in roses (spinning wheel briar rose)
i have recently discovered/realized that most of my executive function runs on anxiety. or i should say, RAN on anxiety. this is...not sustainable. omg, is it not. but let me backtrack.
cn: descriptions of anxiety as relates to coping with executive function )

+1 anxiety level-up, now there's a new boss to fight i guess

SO, here's some thinkythoughts and reflection, in case that helps anyone else.

but also, how does anyone get anything the fuck done? suggestions welcome, with the understanding that brains are different.
lizcommotion: Spongebob's pet snail Gary wearing a chef's hat (spongebob gary chef)
I'm still sick but I have a little more energy and a strong craving for chocolate and tasty things. I also don't want to go out in the cold to get baked goods, particularly when I am perfectly capable of making them myself...especially with a few extra tools.

So I give you a few tricks that help *me* when I'm making baked goods. They may or may not work for you (i.e., YMMV). However, here they are: you are welcome to adapt at will.content note: stuff about baking and food )
That's all I got. Phew. Nine is a good number, right? Yes, yes it is.
lizcommotion: Person with prosthetic legs doing pilates (aimeepilates)
I get sick a lot, and doctors always tell you to frelling rest. Well, I have news for them: resting is hard, especially when you have generations of the Protestant Work Ethic kicking around in the back of your brain telling you that you are only worthwhile if you "accomplish" things.

Yesterday I managed to rest because I was too tired to knit. Too tired to knit = yeahhhh, Houston, there's a problem. So I slept, a lot.

Today I am going to try to keep things low energy but not boring. Things on my low-energy list:
  • write letters
  • knit, if body allows
  • sort papers (or digital files)
  • steamy shower
  • read a magazine (if lyrica cooperates >.<)
  • etc.
What do you do when you need to rest, be it your whole body or a particular body part, and you just don't want to? Do you reach a compromise with yourself, go for resting all the way, or just say "frell it" and ignore the doctor's advice?
lizcommotion: Black and White Image with a mug, text reads "Come let us have some tea  and continue to talk about happy things" (tea happy things)
Just a quick update on what I have dubbed The Book of Happy. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported, lurked, read, contributed, and reccomended things to include. You are all wonderful people.

I thought I would share a few of the less personal pages just as a general thank-you, and to give people an idea of what a Book of Happy can be like if you want to go all art-journal on it. (Obviously, digital file=best system for some; binder with loose paper=another good system; mp3 playlist=another tool; no work for brain at all=completely legit. Different brains, different methods. Etc.)

I know I posted one page the other day, it's in the Flickr set that I may or may not be updating regularly with excerpts from it. Full set of photos is on Flickr, but I'll post one here. Also, lizcommotion does not have spoons at this second for transcribing All The Pages, so plz bear with her as she does so. Sorry for the accessibility outage, if anyone wants to comment here or on Flickr with transcriptions that would be awesome and helpful.

Excerpt from the Book of Happy

Transcript: Notebook page with a pink owl sticker, alternating between different scripts as lizcommotion is able (mostly cursive, upper case, and regular handwriting.)

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ros

"Life is a journey, not a destination." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Dark and difficult days lie ahead, and we must all face the choice betwen what is right and what is easy." ~ Albus Dumbeldore

"Don't forget about chocolate (and Demetors)" [note to myself left throughout the BoH]

More happy-to-lizcommotion on Flickr

lizcommotion: Image of a lit tealight candle (candle)
Here for public consumption is a Giant List of Cope that I developed recently. I've made loads of lists of coping skills, but the thing I like about this one is that it's divided into categories. So if one category is not working, maybe I should try something from another sub-group. (Not my idea, by the way.) Obviously some things from one category could fit into other categories, but I put them where they seemed best for me. There may also be a crafting bias....Feel free to snag/adapt as needed.

Read the Giant List of Cope )

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