For the last fifty days, I have worked diligently to promote healing in my mind and body. I definitely feel much better than I did a couple months ago. There is still much healing to be done. So it’s time to review My Mental House so that I can continue this healing process. I also need to prepare for the short days ahead. I will need to be up early to enjoy as much sunlight as possible during the colder New England seasons. The ones where the sun goes down at 4pm. Yep, gotta prepare for those.
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 a few days a week for 5-20 minutes. I need to meditate daily.
⇒ 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.
Goal — To Reduce and Prevent Insomnia
Plan — Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
As the days get shorter, I’ll be needing to get to bed earlier. I’d like to get up by 7am and get to bed by 9pm. Lights out by 10pm.
⇒ I have been struggling with some insomnia lately. I need to commit to meditating through bouts of insomnia. Or treat insomnia with cannabis. (Dakini Kush is very effective in treating my insomnia. Must obtain more of this strain.) Or treat insomnia with melatonin and magnesium.
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 and other reading implements with actual pages that turn. Not devices.
⇒ I’d like to read for an hour in bed. I think it would help me sleep. Now to figure out how to get the co-sleeping/bed-sharing toddler to understand this notion. Hmmmm….
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.
⇒ I move most days of the week faithfully. I need to continue to do so as the weather changes. Must resist hibernation mode!
Yoga —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!
Walk — Just get out and walk. Happens 2-3x per week
Swim with Toddler – Indoor Pool – Working with my daughter in the pool is a great workout and such a fun indoor activity! We’ll be doing this at least twice a week.
Plan — Medicate with cannabis as needed for pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety.
⇒ Must make edibles and medibles. Bronchitis season is here. I will save cannabis administered via inhalation for my very happy hour at the end of the day, a few days a week.
Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic
Plan – As the season changes, my body needs warm foods in the morning, so my smoothie will be eliminated. Tea, toast with peanut butter, and oatmeal filled with yummy, nutrient- dense foods like hemp hearts, berries, apples, Greek yogurt, honey, chia, flax, brown sugar, raisins will be on the menu.
⇒ I will be taking supplements recommended by my rockin’ cousin who happens to be an incredible chiropractor/healer. She also recommended getting rid of the smoothie. And also wrote a list of supplements for me to take. Thank you for thinking of me sweet cousin! I appreciate your opinion and advice very much!
⇒ I’ve been thinking about setting up an oatmeal bar in my kitchen and having oatmeal available in the crockpot. I think it would be a good way for Little Miss Toddler Girl to play a bit, but get some nutrients into her too. It’s so much easier to nourish a toddler if they think the food is fun!
⇒ Bone broths and stews will also be in the crockpot. I will share recipes.
⇒ I plan to learn how to make bread this fall and winter. Wish me luck!
Well dear readers – thank you for being here for these last fifty days! You have helped me to stay accountable and on task. Thank you for helping me heal, and be better, and just be. Wishing you a bright and beautiful day always. Much love, many hugs. Namaste <3