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Posted January 16, 2023 at 6:20 am

First update on the Year of Detox: On Saturday, I told my therapist that I don't have a problem with drawing healthy boundaries around work, and two hours later I noticed a stressful email I'd missed the day before and spent a good chunk of the afternoon freaking out over it (I felt better later after rewatching The Banshees of Inisherin, which may give you some sense of my baseline this past year.)

I'm great at keeping to a schedule until I run into a problem I can't solve. When that happens, I get absolutely fixated on the problem, and the thought of tearing away my attention for even a short amount of time becomes absolutely torturous. It would be easier to deal with if the answer was: "Just step away from the problem for a day or so. The answer will come to you naturally!" I'd say that happens about 50% of the time, but I've had enough instances of stepping away from something only to come back to it days later to find myself in exactly the same spot I was before that I just don't trust like that. That's why I usually end up chipping away at a problem in the hopes of "if I can just solve this now, I'll be done and I won't have to think about it anymore." But there's got to be a better way, right? Let me know in the comments if you know a better way.