It's summertime, which means one thing for me: pain and misery. With lupus, UV light exposure is a deal breaker. Sunshine is my enemy ... for reals. Combine that with a major change in weather, which always affects my health (thank you, lupus), and I'm kinda miserable right now.
It hits me every afternoon. I had to stop knitting about an hour ago because my joints (all of them! fingers to toes!) were hurting so much. Motrin's not touching it and I may need to resort to a warm shower pretty soon here, the pain is so intense today.
I don't share this for sympathy, truly. I share it because (a) this is my reality and (b) it raises a crucial question that all entrepreuners have to deal with.
How do you carry on when you're in pain? And I mean physical, spiritual, psychological, any kind of pain?
For me, I've started the habit of breaking up my day. Knit for 30 minutes, go do something else for 15 minutes, etc. I may need to start lying down in the afternoon, which is a little annoying, but if it helps, I won't complain!
If I need to blow off a day, I do so (but I'm working on several deadlines right now, which makes it tougher).
I'm trying to take better care of myself, both with what I eat (more water, fiber, veggies, fruit), what I put into my brain (listening to calming jazz and opera, not watching TV that much these days, starting to read fiction again), what I do (I spend a few minutes every morning and evening in my backyard garden, I'm also trying to exercise despite the pain, thanks to my recumbent exercise bike).
What do you do when you're in spiritual or psychological pain? I think that's where your social network comes in handy, particularly family and closest friends. You need outlets, that's for sure! I have friends who close their shops during this time, and that's the absolute right decision for them (I would likely do the same, depending on circumstances).
Many entrepreneurs, particularly those who are one woman or man shops, don't have health insurance, or have very limited insurance. My old job had fabulous benefits, including a mental health benefit. If I were in need of a mental health benefit now, I would be in trouble. Whether you're in short term pain (broken leg) or long term (chronic disease), health insurance is a huge problem in this country, regardless of whether you're an entrepreneur or someone who works fulltime for a company that isn't able to afford benefits for its employees (we'll see how all of this plays out with the new healthcare bill).
I don't have answers, but thought the questions worthy of discussion and would love to hear your thoughts!
Hope you're enjoying the sunshine - get an extra dose on my behalf!
Images: Sail away with me, by Susannah Tucker; Wild air by The Wheatfield