Lack of a routine

This week was about reducing stress, which I can say I failed. Generally,
I’m pretty laid back and this week I didn’t adhere in particular to the
advice to have 2 meditation sessions per day. I have never been good at
keeping a routine, at least one that is the same every day. Schedules are
fine, as long as they are varied since then I don’t have to do the same
thing day after day. For this reason, I didn’t even make it past one day
of doing two meditations. I do have meditations from time to time
whenever I feel stressed, but I’ve never had success trying to schedule
down time. Down time has always been my own time, and slotting time to
have free time seems like it defeats the purpose for me. That was my
feeling this week.

On the exercise front, I started going to the gym daily (yikes, daily
routine!) but until I come up with a more varied way of getting exercise
that’ll have to do. I noticed that the exercise helped clear my mind, so
that was refreshing. It’ll be hard for me to find multiple different ways
to exercise that are OK by me, since I generally find exercise boring.
I’ll add updates on that personal journey later. Who knows if the exercise
will last, or if I find other ways to exercise that I don’t mind (and fits
into my schedule).

I also took the opportunity to get a counselor. My family is thinking
about adopting, and it’s likely that our child will need a counselor if we
adopt from a foster agency. So that counseling doesn’t stick out for part
of our family, we are all getting one before we adopt. This week had a
good synergy with this other family-goal, so I have my first appointment
tonight. I’ll add an update with my general feelings about how much this
helps if it comes up later.