Less Than Par

I like to think I’m a high-functioning human, able to complete a multitude of tasks within a day, in an ordered fashion that enables me to progress through life.

hazy-lakeThat’s a nice idea, and it has regularly felt that way for me. 2016 is, however, teaching me otherwise.

A friend and I have this inside joke about “coasting”, whereby people do the bare minimum to get by, and somehow end up strangely successful or well-balanced in life. We loathe coasting, and are probably completely misconstruing their development. Thing is, in the last month, I’ve become a coaster, and not the type you set your glass down upon.

It’s been a regular thing, that happens about once a year, where persistent headaches and sleeplessness enter my world, and I battle it through with the help of painkillers and pretending like I’m fine. It usually lasts a fortnight and I’m fine again. This time round though, when week 3 started up all up in my face, I gave in, went to the dentist and – hey – not only is my weirdly perpendicular wisdom tooth again pressing on all my other teeth, causing all this ridiculous head stuff, but there is (well, was) a raging infection. Moreover, there are other things wrong in jawline, that have probably needed attention since about 1999.

It’s been hard to quantify to myself that I am less than par, and it’s even more difficult to explain it to others who I am fully convinced I am disappointing, whether it be professional or personal. Most people are sweet about it, some are not. We ignore and deflect the latter through ranty tweets.

So it’s worked out that I – who previously flung herself towards work every day for hours on end, demanding silence and protesting about her inabilities to get to the end of the list – actually cannot do that. As this week has gone on, I’ve noticed more and more how – between dealing with pain and antibiotics – I actually can’t compute much. So much so, that I’ve forgotten things. This is a cardinal crime, to me, because I am the biggest flipping remembering person on the planet. I have lists, whiteboards, diaries, alert systems… heck, I even have the date in my calendar app that tells me when I first kissed a boy back in… well, I won’t reveal that. I feel very  much like I’ve lived in a fog for a while now, and it has yet to lift.

But being less than par no longer feels like I’ve failed. Instead, it’s taught me (well, reminded me) that self care is the best care, so putting some limitations to what I can do (even though it’s disappointing) has helped to relieve the barrel of guilt I’ve felt over being less than par. And that, sometimes, when you are not able (read: willing) to do it yourself, life will do it for you. Moreover, that you are a human. It is allowed for you to feel and be this way, for a bit.

The fog will lift soon, and I will return to being speedy supergirl soon. But, for now, I need to watch the fog a little more.

Health Checks With A Smile – A Visit to the Discovery Store

Last week, I was invited to check out the newly opened Discovery Store in our neighbourhood. I’m pretty militant about going for my annual check ups and the like, but I also really like the idea of being able to undergo a quick assessment to see how I’m doing on the health front whenever I like.

Discovery Store 1

The Concept
Simply put, the Discovery Store is a one-stop shop for you to pop in, check on your health status, undergo some assessments and rack up those Vitality points we all love to have. It’s a one-stop shop for you to see how you’re doing on the health front, without having to book a consultation at your GP to find out how your blood pressure’s looking nowadays.

Discovery Store 2

My Assessment
As you walk in to the Discovery Store, there’s a bank of swishy new iMacs for you to use. You can check on your medical plan and other Discovery services, and do some of the online assessments as provided on the Discovery website. After that, I stepped into a wellness room with my consultant, and filled in a short form before beginning a series of short assessments. She checked my blood pressure, cholesterol and a few other things, and it took just a few minutes. Analysing my BMI and body fat percentage was easy too, and the whole process made that much sweeter with friendly conversation going on. Of course, we chatted about our dogs (I will talk about dogs to anyone who will stand and listen nowadays. Officially a Dog Lady).

A little perspective
A lot of people avoid checking on their health status because they’re scared to really know what’s going on, or they’re a tiny bit afraid of their doctor. The Discovery Store makes it really easy to do and, something that normally stresses me out a bit, ended up being a fun experience. There’s also a nutritionist, dietician and biokineticist on-site, and a bunch of super helpful Discovery team members on hand to help you through any queries you may have. I’m also told that the team will be setting up events and group fitness activities soon – I’m looking forward to those!

All in all, I ended up being a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this experience, and pleasantly surprised at how well I’m actually doing on the health scales – better than I expected!

<Disclaimer: I am a Discovery Health member, and was invited to experience the Discovery Store on my own terms. I was not reimbursed for this post.>