It’s Wednesday morning and I’m finally sitting down to my breakfast and first cup of coffee for the morning. I’ve been working on getting my sleep turned around but had a rough couple of nights where I didn’t get any sleep at all this week. So, last night, I passed out at midnight and woke up around 7:00 am. Decided I was still tired, and so, here I am. I’ve been awake since 8:00 am but just lazed around in my warm and cozy bed. I love that old comforter. I understand why they call them that – they’re comforting.
It’s been a rough week with low energy and the flareup. But I think things are getting a bit better. My bones and joints still crack and makes noises when I stand up. My toes are cracking every time I move them. It could be the change in weather. Or the rain we’ve had. I hope things stabilize soon.
Last night I finally cooked and made the best damn roasted chicken I’ve had in a long time. Chicken is one of those things that are hit and miss. If you cook it too long, even just five minutes too long, the chicken comes out dry. And if you don’t cook it enough – you run the risk of poisoning yourself.
I hopped onto TikTok and every third video that came up the other day was a recipe for roasted chicken. TikTok is scary that way. It’s like it can read your mind and what you’re thinking about. Friday is my grocery day and so I’m trying to use up as much food that I have in my fridge to prevent less waste.
The key is to preheat the oven to at least 400F or 425F which is the ideal temperature. Soak the chicken in some olive or avocado oil. Add in the spices. I use salt, black pepper, oregano, garlic salt and basil. Once the oven is ready, place the chicken on the middle rack and cook for about 35 minutes.
I had to toss the chicken back in for a couple of extra minutes as it was still pink inside. I had decided at last minute to top it off with some bread crumbs and it was delicious. I’m actually eating a small piece for breakfast for my protein today. Don’t judge. It’s delicious.
I have leftovers for tonight and am going to roast up some broccoli and mushrooms too. Maybe the rest of the mini potatoes but we’ll see how the day goes.
Social media detoxing – selfcare goals
In other news, I deleted my Reddit account and don’t miss it. I found I was spending way too much time on the site reading useless posts and memes. The worst part of it was responding to angry little trolls. For my own selfcare and sanity, I deleted it all.
First of all, I removed the app from my phone. But that didn’t do anything. I still read the news every morning and next thing I knew, three hours had gone by. So, I deleted the account which had nearly 70K points in karma and lots of gold. I think that’s how they sucker you into those sites. I feel like this great weight has been lifted.
Deleting social media accounts is almost…liberating.
I’m slowly working on getting rid of those accounts I don’t need in my life. Whatever is not working for me. I still have my Twitter account with nearly 2000 friends but I stopped reading the tweets and trending topics. I mostly post whatever I’m sharing that day, check on a few regular friends and then get off the app. It can be a vile place at times. But social media is crucial when it comes to marketing music and artwork.
Facebook and instagram are locked down for family and friends. I do have a music account but never read any posts on IG. The fanbase is growing slowly. Even Facebook is getting boring to read as it’s all just memes or political news. I only keep the app to chat with long distance family and friends.
So, that’s my goal for the next two weeks. Ween myself off browsing social media sites for hours. Even TikTok is getting a bit redundant for me. I might browse for thirty minutes a day and share my work. But that’s about it.
So that’s life in a nutshell right now. Just taking things easy and working on forgiving myself for not being able to do what I wanted this week. Sometimes when you’re sick or live with a disability, you just have to allow yourself to rest. I haven’t even sat outside the last few nights as it’s been so damn cold! It felt like winter the other night and even with a blanket it was too cold to enjoy it.
For now, I’m just trying to cope with this new found chronic fatigue. It comes and goes. Some days are definitely better than others. I think I’m going to try and go for a walk later today. Perhaps the fresh air will perk me up. A shower, reconnecting with nature, and then good ride on my mini cycle.
My main focus in life right now is:
Removing things that are negative from my life – that includes relationships and things like toxic social media sites. Eating healthy, getting my sleep back on track. And practicing the art of selfcare. Writing every day. Even if it’s just a few paragraphs. The journaling really helps me too.
What does selfcare mean to you? Let me know in the comments!
(original post edited. The career advice part removed as I’m trying to let go of toxic people in my life.)