Are you an over-functioner? I am. It's never more obvious to me than when I'm in a position to NOT do something. Like when I'm sick and have no energy to get off the couch. Or, when I am injured.
The later just happened.
I slipped on some ice this morning when walking my dogs. It was totally my fault, not theirs. First, I didn't have to go out. I could have waited until the temperature had risen and the the snow had melted more, but I thought we needed the fresh air and exercise sooner rather than later. And, like I said, I'm a over-functioner.
I also could have been more careful. I allowed a moment of frolicking with my beagle and it resulted in a fall and a sprained ankle. The first half of the walk was indeed fun. It was the trek home that made me second guess my judgement as I winced in pain with every step. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Thankfully, I made it home. To my couch. To my oils, some ice and rest.
On one hand, I'm actually feeling grateful for this down time. It will force me to stop and tackle a project I really want to invest my time in. Writing this post is part of that project. Learning how to customize my website, is another. Both I can do well as I rest my ankle.
On the other hand, the over-functioning, let-me-just-do-it attitude in me can hardly sit still and watch the dishes pile up. I've never been one to patiently wait and let someone else do a job that I could do now. Anyone else? The temptation to get up off this couch to clean up, feed the dogs, get a drink, make dinner, etc.. is great. I'm not necessarily a busy person with lots of activities on my calendar, but I do keep myself busy moving around to accomplish one task or another. Thankfully, the pain of walking, even with crutches, is enough to slow me down and see the wisdom of staying put right now. Even as the sun goes down and I desperately want to turn on more house lights, I will wait. I will wait until my family gets home and let them function for me.
In the meantime, I keep applying essential oils to my ankle to support my body's healing process. Oils like Frankincense, Lavender, Copaiba, PanAway, Wintergreen and Aroma Siez are all within my reach. This is one thing I can do satisfy the over-functioning part of my brain, and I am glad of it!