Okay don’t panic folks – life rehab not drugs. Although many things that seem innocuously themselves, I may use as crutches during difficult times: decaf coffee, red bush tea, low cal breakfast bars, quaffing grapes (raw and a glass of the fermented type with dinner), reading improving books, educational TV documentaries, going to church, listening to spiritual development teaching…
It is all about balance and I have gotten out of balance.
Rehabilitation has many connotations – mostly negative. Sadly Amy Winehouse, writer of the song of my title, didn’t manage life balance or rehabilitation. Tragic waste of talent in her life cut short. I spent two weeks on an arthritis and joint problem rehab course January two years ago. Life got so busy and intense after that I didn’t really get the benefit I should have. My outcome wasn’t as final as Amy’s but I did end up much where I started.
Since then many loose ends have been tidied up: best beloved has two new hips and a resorted eye lens, we have sold up and moved house, I have retired and come out of retirement into consultancy and writing again. Another grandchild arrived to bring the total to 16 – 8 of each sort now. We are delighted with our new home (a separate office for him and me – most important), its location on the coast, the ease of living in a house designed for modern living. Yes, we loved the Old Toll House and using it as a retreat facility. However the older grandchildren were getting larger and the smaller ones more mobile and I needed to keep an eye and ear out for them. A more open plan downstairs became essential. A larger kitchen helped with the irritation of, ‘you’re in my space again!’
However the time of transition and changes have left me with dodgy joints, an overweight unfit body and the old anxiety and stress levels have risen…
I recognise it is time to mentally’roll my sleeves up’: get back to the remedial exercises, start swimming and Pilates again, remember to take vitamin D supplements (there seems to be a genetic tendency to get low on this baby) and then address the dreaded Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I researched the nutritional issues which may be upsetting the gut causing the dreaded bloating and mid section weight gain of stress and hormone related IBS.
The nutritionalist lady I spoke to asked,
“When were you first diagnosed?” Can you believe over 30 years ago!
“Have I tried …. ” Yes I have – everything! Don’t get me started…
This well qualified and very sensible lady said she didn’t want me to tackle gut and diet problems if it was going to make me more stressed. Not turning down a client but making sure the time was right. I was impressed. She was right. I am having dental work done, getting used to exercising again, we are travelling to Africa shortly, then it is Christmas with the family visits round the country… Put something else into that mix and the result may not be pretty.
Rehab of any sort is a process. It can be tiring. It takes energy, focus and commitment. You can’t wish it away to be at the end. It is the process that makes the change not looking forever and wistfully at the longed for outcome. I am always nagging my clients to ‘focus on the process NOT the outcome’.
I am on the way to rehabilitating my mind, body, gut and spirit… I am on a new journey. One step at a time.
I will let you know how it goes!