Sometimes I get up before my daughter and enjoy a good hour to myself before she wakes. And sometimes I try to sneak out of bed, only to be caught by Little Miss Toddler Girl. She caught me this morning. And here we are, sitting on the couch, meditating and resting. I’m still filling my cup, quieting my mind, and taking care of me. This sit happens to be toddler-assisted.
In the recent past, not having my morning sit all to myself would’ve thrown me off a bit. Depression and anxiety create rigid behavior patterns in an effort to control, in an attempt to cope. I know that I’m healing because I can weave in some flexibility to my routine without feeling out of control. I can thoroughly enjoy a toddler-assisted meditation session, and write this post while the sleeping angel is spread over my lap. I feel at peace. I feel calm. I feel ready to enjoy this day.
I am healing from the trappings of mental unwellness one day at a time.
Dear readers, I hope you feel at peace, I hope you feel calm, I hope you enjoy this beautiful day! Thank you for being here. Much love. 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.
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!!! I’ll be in bed by 9pm 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 – DO ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES DAILY
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
Walk — 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. I feel a cannabis holiday on the horizon. Perhaps for 3 days, perhaps for longer. CBD products ordered!!!
Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic