Being Nice to Yourself!

Well, I have to admit, it’s been a bit of a dud week. I haven’t managed to get a whole heck of a lot done, even though I’m feeling the pressure of stuff wanting my attention.

This is a funny time of year: a time of transitions and unsettledness. I’m not the only one who has been feeling unfocused and a little ‘off’. I feel like every time I turn around, I run into a friend who is having a terrible day, going through a rough time, or generally finding life a bit of a slog lately.

I’ve heard it said more than a few times that our moods can change with the weather. And with the crazy grey-sun-rain-snow-bugs time we’ve been having these last few weeks, it’s probably no surprise that we’re all feeling a little unsettled.

And again, I guess I’ll repeat the same thought that I’ve been trying to beat into my own little brain these last few trying weeks: be nice to yourself! No good comes from constantly beating yourself up. In fact, if you’re at all like me, the more you beat yourself up, the more you will tend to shut down – making it even harder to stay focused on your work or feel excited about your research.

I’ve been picking away at my research recently. I re-read some articles I had printed out months ago and stuffed into a ‘review later’ folder. It was a good move – just scanning things I hadn’t looked at in awhile gave me some ideas about where to go next with my work.

I have a dance class this evening at 6pm, and then I’m going to see a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Grand Theatre tonight. If there’s enough time, I’ll then jet over to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on my bike to catch the tail end of an opening of a new exhibition by Francois Lacasse (annoyingly everything is scheduled for more-or-less the same time tonight!). There’s quite a bit of exciting culture going on in this little town tonight!

I guess that’s it for now. Because I feel like I’ve had such a messy, unfocused week I think I’ll have to spend at least part of the weekend glued to my screen getting some writing done. I will, I hope, also have a chance to get outside (weather permitting!) — I hope you will too!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective

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