Last Christmas, my dear Darby – aka Dad – gave my husband and I tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. And last night was THE NIGHT to finally go and hang out with Tom and the boys. (I’ve posted a video from an earlier tour stop as Boston’s is not available yet.) Little Miss Toddler Girl was well cared for by Nonni and Papa – my husband’s folks. And we were set loose in one of my favorite places on Earth – Boston. No parenting skills necessary last night…It was time to remember what it was like to be just us – The Couple – for a few hours. We had an incredible time! And in the time that we were enjoying the seemingly endless list of hits and songs that comprised the soundtrack of our lives (well, mine at least), I realized that Tom Petty is Never Wrong. I don’t have more on this notion at this time. But I know this to be evident and true. And I thought I’d share. So in case you were wondering – Tom Petty is Never Wrong.
As a result of traveling into the big city and getting home minutes before 1AM, this Mama is tired! But self-care trumps fatigue. Staying in bed longer would’ve only eliminated my quiet time this morning, so I wiggled myself out of bed and headed to my meditation session. No yoga this morning – my body needs a rest after lots of dancing and singing last night.
Music has always played a profound role in helping me through challenging times. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have always been available for me in my life. For forty years, these guys have churned out a massive catalog of tunes that speak to the heart and soul of real life. Their songs weave in and out of my memories – all of my memories from really young till now. Darby – thank you for taking us to see them! And thank you for teaching me to love and appreciate music the way you do. I love you. I dedicate this blog post to you. And don’t worry – I won’t back down on healing from depression. <3
My Mental House – Plans & Goals for Healing from Depression
Goal — To Gain Clarity
Plan — Meditate for at least 10 minutes daily, eventually expanding on the amount of time a couple minutes per day, with 20 minutes of daily meditation being the target sit time.
More Plans — Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Lights out by 10pm and wake up at 7am would be a good starting point for me. SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO GO SEE TOM PETTY AND STAY UP LATE THOUGH! WAS STILL UP AT 7:20AM.
Goal — To Reduce and Prevent Insomnia
Plan – No electronic devices before meditation/yoga practice in the morning. No electronic devices for at least one hour before bedtime.
Plan – Read more books instead of staring at electronic devices, especially at night
Goal — To Relieve Depressed Mood, Anxiety Symptoms, and Relieve Pain
Plan — Move!!!! Yoga, Swim, Walk
Yoga — Attend at least 2 classes a week, practice most days of the week for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Practice in the morning after waking. May precede meditation. Loving my new morning routine! Yoga, meditation, blog, quiet. It’s a good start to every day!
Swim — 10–20 laps 2–3x per week
Walk — Walk daily — sometime during the day. Just get out and walk.
More Plans — Medicate with cannabis as needed.
- 1-3 inhales from a vaporizer with a CBD-rich strain first thing in the morning if panic/anxiety/pain not relieved by self care bodywork is on board
- 2–3 inhales from a vaporizer with an indica-dominant strain by 7:30pm to reduce tension and promote sleep. – Work in progress, open to suggestions for sure!
Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic
And to keep things simple, I’ve invested in this book to help me get on a better track with nourishing my body. I eat relatively well, but I could certainly use more fresh foods and less convenient carbohydrates. My dear friend and I will be following this plan together. I’ll be digging into this book on Sunday evening – Meal planning and prep for the week is on the to-do list.