In ministry, the biggest day of the week is Sunday. I don't work longer hours on a Sunday - quite the opposite, Sunday really is just the morning. It is, however, the focal point of the week. Everything I do leads up to and grows out of worship. A lot of intellectual and emotional energy therefore goes into making Sunday work well.
I love my work, and I especially love Sunday mornings with my wonderful congregation.
The problem is, with lupus, there's only so much energy available. When I've used up everything I have on Sunday, there's nothing left for Monday.
Most of the week, I ration my energy carefully. Sunday's just too important, I give it everything. So Monday must be recovery day. On Monday, I have to just rest, do as little as possible, and devote all of my time to self-care.
By Sunday dinner time, meals are microwaved leftovers. (To prepare for this, I usually, cook more food on other days and keep meals in the freezer.)
By Tuesday, I've normally recovered and am ready to start the week.
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J