Sometimes things happen, and you need to take a step back. Dial things down. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Minimize. Marie Condo. It's been one of those times for me, slimming down to 1 blog post a week, and podcast every other week as I work through grieving for yet another loss.
This won't last forever, but I want to make sure all you precious Inklings know that this is something that everyone needs sometimes. When you're down to 50% energy, expecting yourself to continue at 100% capacity is silly. This is my way of dropping my capacity down to meet my energy level, and when my energy picks back up again (which I hope will be soon) I'll go back to my old routine.
I do want to make it very clear, though - needing to cut back on some things when you're overwhelmed doesn't make you weak.
Needing more recovery time than usual when you're stressed does not mean there's something wrong with you.
Needing a little extra support as you work through emotions does not make you a burden on your friends.
All this means is that you're being honest about your limitations and your needs. When things change, your expectations should change with them, and that's healthy.
So if you're in this boat with me and just need some time, be kind to yourself. Forgive the little mistakes and focus on the big picture. "I didn't get all the dishes done today, but I made a good start on cleaning, which was the Thing I was working on today."
You got this, Inklings. I'm proud of you for making the progress you have. I hope you are, too.