Day 12: Coping with Altered Plans

The Universe is challenging me, as (I believe) it challenges all of us. (Your Universe may be called something different such as God, or Life depending on your own beliefs.) I’ve had two days now where my meditation and yoga practice have not happened first thing in the morning. Little Miss Toddler Girl has been waking up around 7am and needing to snuggle. So snuggles we did. Perhaps the Universe is gracing me with sweet gifts in exchange for the challenge of finding time for self-care. I think the Universe is telling me that there will always be challenges, and I need to learn to cope with such challenges by modifying my plan accordingly. Roll with the punches. Smack those curve balls right out of the ballpark! So Universe – I see your challenges and I raise you a 20 minute sit this afternoon and at least 10 minutes of asana practice (the active practice of yoga), before I pick up Little Miss Toddler Girl from school this evening.

By the way – I had a delicious 75 minute yoga practice at Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, Inc. last evening which included about 15 minutes of meditative work. Thank you Stephanie! That satisfied my movement and mindfulness goals for yesterday. Today’s goals will be achieved too.

Moving on…Grocery list from 28 Days of Clean Eating is underway. And meal prep will start this afternoon as well, once I catch up on housework, pay some bills, do some laundry, purchase groceries on the list. Mom Life. It’s easier to make peace with the minutia of life than to abhor it. At least, that’s what I’ve found very recently.

Ultimately, it’s a blessing to have this life to live. I have a beautiful, extensive family that loves me, supports me, and sometimes snuggles with me. I have a roof over my head. I have food in my belly and clothes on my back. I have more opportunities to succeed in life than I know what to do with. My greatest challenge is taking care of me. This all amounts to a simple fact – I am beyond blessed.

I am healing from depression, one day at a time. And for this simple fact, I am beyond grateful.

As always dear readers, wishing you a bright and beautiful day! May you also be equipped with a big invisible bat ready to swing at any curve balls that life has to throw at you! ❤


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. 

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. DEFINITELY NEED TO IMPLEMENT THIS PLAN STARTING TONIGHT!!! 

Plan – Read more books instead of staring at electronic devices, especially at night READ BOOKS, NOT ELECTRONICS!!! 

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. 

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. – Usually take 2-3 inhales from a CBD-rich strain in the early afternoon as needed for pain and anxiety, and 3 inhales from an indica-dominant strain at 7:30pm to promote sleep. Last night, I had to take 5mg of melatonin to promote sleep too.

Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic

In the morning — Smoothie (I have a kefir, kombucha, Vega Protein Powder, and Amazing Grass Superfood smoothie every morning.)

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. Meal planning and prep for the week to be done today. 

 

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