It’s evening time. I usually have my blog post written and posted sometime in the first part of the day. By noon at the very latest. But that wasn’t gonna happen to today. Little Miss Toddler Girl was up and roaring to go when I had just started to deepen into meditation. Shortly after, I lost my hour of toddler-approved distraction that usually comes with having electricity and access to Netflix. The power went out and there went my opportunity to write.
So instead of our typical morning, Little Miss Toddler Girl wanted to play with Play-Doh. She wanted to color. She wanted to tear the paper she was coloring on into tiny bits. She wanted to play in the toilet and dump some water on the floor. She wanted to spread flour in a circular fashion onto the kitchen floor while I was cleaning up the wet bathroom floor. She was basically a three foot tall tornado.
Now, I often consider how much TV I allow Little Miss Toddler Girl to watch in the morning and find myself concerned about her little mind. But then I realize how intensely creative she is when not distracted and sitting quietly for an hour or so in the morning, watching one of her shows. And you know what? I can’t be concerned or worry. That hour or so in the morning is part of our routine that works. That hour or so in the morning allows me to write my blog post and get ready for the day.
So what’s my point? Parents of the Toddlers…some days are like this. You’ll be thrown off your routines, messes will happen and with just those happenings, you could be thrown off for the whole day. Or, you can make the most of it. We moved on from destroying the house to playing with friends at a place that had several bouncy houses, a ball pit, and cool slides. We made the day work despite the challenges. It’s been a really good day. Some days are like this. Some days just need you to go with the flow, clean the messes, and be on with your day.
And now my blog post is done. As always dear readers, thank you for being here. I really appreciate it. Much love, many hugs, 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. I meditate on most days for anywhere between 5-20 minutes. Meditation helps me to set positive intentions for the day. On the most difficult days, I’ve noted that meditation really helps me to work through my symptoms. I depend on deep breathing to bring me back to the present when depression knocks me into the past, or anxiety flings me into worrying about the future.
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. Lights have typically been out between 10-11pm. Waking happens between 7-8am. I’ve been sleeping well consistently for a couple weeks. This schedule has really been working out for me.
Goal — To Reduce and Prevent Insomnia
Plan – No electronic devices before meditation/yoga practice in the morning. Never. My phone and tablet aren’t even allowed in the bedroom. This is so important for me to have a fresh start daily. No electronic devices for at least one hour before bedtime.Yeah…Gotta get better about this!!!
Plan – Read more books instead of staring at electronic devices, especially at night READ BOOKS, NOT ELECTRONICS!!! Definitely need to implement this plan. I NEED A NOVEL!!! Or a memoir!!! Suggestions welcome!!!
Goal — To Relieve Depressed Mood, Anxiety Symptoms, and Relieve Pain
Plan — Move!!!! Yoga, Swim, Walk – DO ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES DAILY – Moving daily helps me to be grounded and present.
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. I’ve been attending aerial yoga, heated vinyasa classes – sometimes 3 times a week. My mind and body and yoga practice have been invigorated by these classes!
Swim — 10–20 laps Happens 1-2x per week
Walk — Just get out and walk. Happens 2-3x per week
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 – Will be trying Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Products for relief of these symptoms
- 2–3 inhales from a vaporizer with an indica-dominant strain by 7:30pm to reduce tension and promote sleep. Dakini Kush is an indica dominant strain that I’ve been using nightly. I’ve been sleeping well through the night for a couple weeks. Thank goodness!
Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic
28 Days of Clean Eating inspired meals – Love this book, need to focus on implementing this plan. It’s too easy to fall into cooking ruts!