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Do you have activities, art, health routines, social responsibilities that just get put on the back burner sometimes?
I love doing yoga and know it is good for me, yet I find it difficult to stick to a practice.
Do you find parts of you life to be put on hold even when you know that it is not in your best interest?

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Akfishlady 8 July 21

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Oh, sooo much stuff! I enjoy writing, cycling, gaming, reading, music, even Netflix bingeing (however occupationally dubious that may be).... All of it gets put on the back burner because I'm a parent to an eight-year-old and my spare time is virtually nonexistent these days.

That was parenting's harshest shock to the system — how 'me' time goes out the window. Get up in the morning, straight onto the ready-for-school routine; go to work for 12 hours; get home and straight onto the bedtime routine; sort out tomorrow's lunches; wash up; tidy the flat; flake out; back to bed....

I seriously need to live every day three times: once for my work, once for my family and once for just... Me....


I do not put myself on the back burner ! ?☺️?
I did before, but I learned the hard way.
I come and go as I please. I have my freedom.
I put myself first. No one else is going to do it for you.


When I'm injured, I take a break from exercising. For me, most injuries are healed with ice, stretching, ibuprofen, compression and elevation.


I see I am not the only one swept away by life's tides of duties and distractions. Being retired, I can do as i like, yet still find days taken up with mundane practical things and unexpected chores. So I do make health a priority and do exercise or long walks several days each week. But my artwork is important for relaxation and creativity and yet that gets pushed to the bottom of my priorities almost every day. And I can't really set a specific time and say now sit down and do art for 90 minutes because that makes it into a chore instead of something I spontaneously get inspired to do for fun.


There are so many things I want to do but it never feels like there is enough time in the day to do them.


I love my activities and am in slow process of doing more of them.


I have to get to the gym several times a week and I swim daily. I like a bit of socialization and genuinely enjoy watching people progress. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware how important it is to take time for myself and my health.


I like combat sports, but I've just moved house and I'm about to start a new job. No fricken' time!

@Akfishlady testify, sister. I'm teaching myself bass (slowly, clumsily) during my lunch breaks, so at least that's something.


That's just life, I'm not really introverted but sometimes it's very hard to get out and socialize. I always feel better when I do.


I love hiking but my young son recently started a full time job on first shift and has my car during the day. I will be so glad when we get a second car.


I have to put dance in the back burner while I'm working to open my business. It's been hectic and all the funds have to go into my business for now. When life settles I will go back to dance again. It's my lifeline. Without dance I will go insane.


I've been doing an exercise program for about the last two years. Lately I've been feeling pain in various places and came to the realization that I'm going to have to take several weeks off while my body heals. It sucks because exercising helps my depression better than any pill I've ever taken.

For about 6 months I was practicing guitar every day. Recently, I've become less motivated. I haven't been practicing very much the last 3 or 4 weeks. I'll still pick it up and play it, but I haven't been trying to learn anything new. I seem to have lost that particular spark of inspiration, but I'm hoping it will return.

Hermit Level 7 July 21, 2018

If I am commenting on this site, it means I am avoiding my workout.


I have 2 dogs which came with me after my last divorce. They are my primary responsibility now, right after keeping myself healthy. There are many things I don't do out of not wanting to leave them alone for extended periods, especially since they are older dogs. Sometimes, I will admit, I get a bit resentful of that; but I took on this commitment totally voluntarily and will see it through and take care of my boys for as long as I'm fortunate enough to have them.

@Akfishlady, I really doubt I'll have any others after these 2 are gone. It's so difficult to lose them. Plus, I have ongoing vet and grooming costs, which are harder and harder to manage on a fixed retirement income.


I chase small humans and dogs.
Neither provide breaks, unless they're sleeping, and that's usually when I'm sleeping.


I was doing a weekly Yoga class, but then my job got out of control and I can't make the class. I'm hoping to get back to it. I don't sew as much as I should, again work and this site. I'll get back to it eventually.

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