Wednesday, August 24, 2016

State of the Blog 2016

It was a stressful year for this blogger.  The stress manifested itself physically and painfully in late May when I got shingles, an old man's disease that saw fit to hit me at 43.  It was a wake up call, an occasion to step back and take a good hard look at my life.  Stress, unfortunately, is frequently unavoidable in life.  I am a teacher, a notoriously stressful profession.  While it is possible to remove and reduce some anxiety-inducing elements, the important thing is to manage stress as it comes.  That's relatively easy to do during the summer months.

The fall will be another matter.  I'm taking on new and modified professional responsibilities this year.  While I'm taking on the added load for solid, practical reasons, stress is inevitable, especially as I continue to juggle family and personal schedules, too.  Learning to manage the stress will be crucial to my mental and physical health.  Shingles can come back - 7-10 year intervals, is what I've heard.  Having a less stressful life seven years from now seems like a reasonable life goal.  Adding more responsibilities now is probably not the best strategy but it's a long-term goal.  My life is likely to look quite different seven years from now.

So, what does any of this have to do with the blog?  Well, it's going to be tough keeping up with The Armchair Squid this fall but it's vitally important that I try.  The blog is, in itself, an escape for me and it is also primarily a chronicle of the other things in my life that I do strictly for fun.  Maintaining the hobbies will be crucial and the blog provides incentive and encouragement to do so.  That said, time will be precious.

Fortunately, I devoted some time this summer to getting ahead on things.  My Clone Wars posts are all set through November so Tuesdays are good to go.  I shall do my best to keep Fridays humming along with The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, Mock Squid Soup and miscellaneous family adventure posts.  It is likely, though, that posts will be on the shorter side for a while.  I want to keep my hand in the game and keep in touch with all of you.  I shall endeavor to do my best.

16 comments:

  1. You must take care of yourself. I'm glad you will be able to carry on with the blogs. It's a creative release to help with stress.

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    1. I agree. The writing is effective stress relief for me, as long as it doesn't become it's own stressor! So far so good.

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  2. Glad your sticking around but sorry to hear about the shingles. My grandmother was afflicted and it wasn't fun! Maybe yoga? I hear it's good for stress.

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    1. I have dabbled in yoga over the past year or so. Just making sure I have adequate quality family time is a big help.

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  3. I have had shingles and it is painful and is for a long while. I was going to get the vaccine right after I turned 50 and coming back from a trip I had planned with my best friend. I found out I had it while on my trip! I'm glad you are sticking around but I hope you can find a way to get some stress relief. My friend is also a teacher and it is very stressful so I hope you can find something to de-stress.

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    1. I have wondered about the vaccine. I don't know if it would make a difference with recurrences.

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  4. Man, you are so far ahead of me, right now!
    I shall endeavor to do better!

    I empathize (and sympathize) about the stress.

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  5. I so understand what you are saying. It is wonderful that you have planned out what you can control. Stress is a huge problem and I know what a toll it takes on your body, especially when you have other health problems that it can affect.
    I am so happy that you will be still be blogging. I would miss you so much if you stopped.
    I have been slowing down on my post because I can not physically or mentally keep posting and doing all the things I want too. Exhaustion is my shadow now.
    I am very happy to know that you are/will be taking care of yourself.

    Blogging friend gayle and thehamish

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    1. Plan out what you can control: that's a nice way to look at it. I'll keep it in mind. Thank you!

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  6. Please don't push yourself too hard. I've never had shingles, but I know they're miserable. My son's friend had shingles when he was thirty. My sister-in-law who is in her seventies has had them for years. I know from working in a nursing home that many of our elderly patients lived and died with shingles. Is it too late for you to get the shingles vaccine? Would it stop recurrences?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sadly, I have discovered shingles is not uncommon among teachers. My condition brought colleagues out of the woodwork.

      I need to learn more about the vaccine. One colleague, my age, said he was told he was still too young for it, even though he had already had it.

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  7. Find a way to ease your stress! I had shingles when I was 50 and I've yet to make 60 and have added Type 1 Diabetes and a ruptured quad tendon to my ailments. Of course, the later came with one of my stress relieving activities--sailing!

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    1. I am working on it. Walking is highly therapeutic.

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  8. I can relate to the stress of working in education, but you seem to have a handle on it. I'm sorry to hear about your shingles, but hopefully, as you say, things will be different in seven years. I too had to cut back on my blog, not because I didn't want to keep those memes and posts, but because I needed to manage my time better and keep the joy of blogging alive. I will always look forward to your posts no matter what length they are.

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    1. Posting too often can definitely take the joy out it. Plus, you've gotta leave time in life to do things to write about.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

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