I am Barbara Ptak; the lady behind Wellness Balancing and AKA The Queen of Routine. It is an endearment my hubby of almost 43 years calls me.
You might wonder how I got that name. Let me go back about 31 years ago and our son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
As we met in the Pediatrician’s office to discuss all things diabetes; the doctor started to discuss schedules, routines and the importance of eating on time, preplanning outings and the list got longer and longer. My husband starts to laugh at which the doctor says in a rather stern voice, “Mr. Ptak, this is a very serious situation you know.” The chuckle gets louder as my hubby wraps his arm around me in a hug and replies “Ya Doc, meet the Queen of Routine, nothing in our house is about to change.”
Yes I am that woman. I love being organized and planning and schedules…lists, and routines, and colourful sticky notes everywhere till everyone around me is driven mad.
I did not know then what I know now, but it is my stress pattern of being organized helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. The routines and schedules I loved was actually helping me parent a diabetic child through one of our most difficult life transitions.
We all have a pattern we default to during stress time. How do you deal with stress? I would love to learn what your coping strategies are!
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