Yesterday started off rough. You can review my blog post here to see why, but it mainly had to do with a lack of adequate rest on back to back nights. So I asked Life, the Book of They, the Universe – some higher power for the energy to get me through my day. It worked. Ask and you shall receive. Little Miss Toddler Girl and I had a wonderful afternoon at the local splash pad.
And then we reunited with my dear husband – aka Daddy – in the afternoon for some rest, yummy dinner, and an adventure out for ice cream. Followed by a trip to a major retailer, who shall not be named, so that we could pick up a few things. I don’t like to go to this store, but sometimes, it makes the most sense.
Anyhow, the long and short of it – yesterday worked out. I didn’t have much in the tank, but I did much better managing the fatigue and pain. Fatigue and pain didn’t knock me down physically, and I didn’t let it knock me down emotionally, or take my mood into a negative place. Tiny wins as I work my way out of the depression hole.
We didn’t get to bed before 10pm, but we all slept well. I was on my yoga mat by 7:20am. Today’s yoga practice was very gentle as my back is tight and feels like it needs an adjustment, or a prayer, or both. And then I sat for about 10 minutes of meditation. My mind is quieting and I have been leaving my sits feeling calm and motivated.
So after a party this afternoon, my plan is to start preparing for the week ahead. I’ll be digging into my new book and cleaning up my diet a bit. The goal is to greatly reduce processed foods and to increase fresh whole foods. The ultimate goal is to nourish my body and brain so that it can heal from the symptoms of depression. The main reasons that I appreciate this book – it provides a grocery list, meal plan, and strategies to simplify the work of eating clean. I’m thankful that my dear friend introduced me to this book. She has already started implementing this plan with her own family. And this week, I’ll start implementing this plan with my own. If you’re interested in jumping on this clean eating train, please let me know. We can support each other!
As always dear readers, thanks for stopping by. Wishing everyone a bright, beautiful, relaxing day! Namaste <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. I’LL BE IN BED, HOPEFULLY READING BY 9pm TONIGHT!
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 TONIGHT – Meal planning and prep for the week is on the to-do list TODAY.