hApPY hUmP DaY, gals!
It’s the first Wednesday of the month so that means it’s time for another Wellness Wednesday, 06.2018. Time for another update on my progress on the wellness goals I set back in January. You can read that first Wellness Wednesday post, here. Cardio tips and goals update in February, fav exercise gadgets for March. In April, we wrote about our favorite natural wellness tips and May was another goals update accompanied by skin and beauty tips.
Today, after we do a quick goals review, we are sharing mental health care tips. This is an aspect of wellness that greatly interests me. Probably because it hits close to home. More about that later. First, let’s see how I am coming on my goals.
Wellness Goals Update
Rating my progress again this month on a scale of 1-5, where a 5 means I have fulfilled my goal completely, here’s how things pan out mid-year, on this Wellness Wednesday, 06.2018.
Oh, yeah, baby! We have become some exercise nuts over here lately. Really upping our game. Working out at least an hour at the gym approximately 4X a week. Lifting weights, cardio, stretching, squats and crunches. I have begun walking Monday-Saturday for at least 20 minutes. And the pool is open, girls. Swam my first mile on Sunday.
Let me be upfront by saying I am not tracking my Weight Watchers points. But have decided to move from a diet mindset to a healthy eating mindset. Limiting sweets, alcohol and increasing fruits and veggies. PC says I am cooking more than ever. Talked him out of going out to eat last night! Had a grilled chicken and blueberry salad. And convinced him to let me cook breakfast this morning. Prepared scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, fresh fruit and whole wheat toast.
Staying Well 3.0
Wearing sun screen better than I’ve ever done. Every single day. Even wrote a post about it, here. Have an appointment to get an appointment for a skin check. Still seeking that elusive peace I was so hopeful for in January.
Mental Wellness 2.5
Backsliding a little in this department. Have felt depressed, sad, worried. So this post is right on time! Hope I can take my own tips to heart.
Spiritual Wellness 3.5
Another area of regression. Have been floundering a little with my devotional time. Still struggling through a book of 365 devotional messages that doesn’t particularly speak to me. Kind of leaves me feeling banged up and bruised. Not worthy. Probably need to dump it, huh? Would gladly accept recommendations for something new to try.
Relationship Wellness 3.5
Yeah, backward here, too. Not unplugging by 9:00. In fact, I have 13 minutes to finish writing this post in order to unplug by 9:00 pm tonight. Have an idea for the ole love life. Stay tuned. 😉
Seems I am kind of cha-cha-chaing with these goals. One step forward in one category, 2 steps back in another. Encouraged by my exercise and diet goals and looking forward to bringing everything up to a 4 by this time next month.
Mental Health Care Tips
Mental health issues and medications have such stigma surrounding them that I feel like I have to whisper this part of my post to you. Not sure how many of you know that I have struggled with OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder for most of my adult life. Sadly, I wasn’t diagnosed until I was in my late 30s, though. So I spent too many years before meds, worrying, trying to be perfect, cleaning, and cleaning some more. Have been on 2 different drugs for OCD but the one I have taken longest and found most effective is Fluvoxamine or Luvox. I take a 100 mg controlled release capsule in the morning and am a much better version of me with it on board.
However, I sometimes wonder if I need a higher dose or something more, something in addition to the Luvox. I can swing like a pendulum at times. Happy and content, then lost and sad and angry. Like this whole retirement gig which has become my entire life’s description. I am retired and some days, I am quite content to be. While other days, I feel like a shadow of myself, with little purpose in life. Really hard on my emotions and my family, especially PC.
In preparation for this post, I did a little research on tips for boosting mental health. It appears I am doing a lot of things ‘right’. See what you think.
From Mental Health America‘s article “31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health”:
- Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Yup.
- Start your day with a cup of coffee. I don’t do this everyday but will start.
- Set up a getaway. Having something to look forward to can boost your happiness. But I have been out of town so much for less than pleasant circumstances lately. I long to be home for awhile and settled back into my routine.
- Work your strengths. I don’t know what they are any more. I was a good librarian. Now I am not.
- Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The article suggests a bedroom temp of between 60-67*F. Ours is too warm. And there are nights, at least one a week, where I count my concerns rather than my blessings.
- “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.“ -Martin Luther King Jr. Think of something in your life you want to improve and do it. Which is kind of what this whole Wellness Wednesday series is about. And I have made positive change, haven’t I?
- Experiment with activities. Doing that and bragging about it to you each month when I step outside my comfort zone.
- Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. There’s something to be said for just doing more of what we already love to do. Scrapbooking with my sister.
- Show some love to someone in your life. Several articles I read suggest the need for face-to-face contact with others. I don’t have a lot of that day-to-day. But I do interact electronically with family on a daily basis and with PC in person. At times, I interact too much. I lose track of myself by trying to be a good wife, mother, sister, daughter, pet owner and friend.
- Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. Every few days? How ’bout a couple times a day? And does milk chocolate count? I like it so much more.
- Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine. Doing that these days with my morning walks. And sure enjoying them.
- Go off the grid. Here’s the biggie. This is probably the one I need to practice most of all. I spend so much time, here, on the laptop, answering emails, replying to or sending FB messages, looking up ‘stuff’ online, or texting on my phone, answering phone calls, making phone calls. Fifteen years ago, I would never ever have dragged the house phone around with me so I could be available to everyone at any given minute. If I missed a call, I figured I could call them back. Or if whoever was calling really needed me, they’d call me back or leave a message. Now days, I feel such pressure to answer texts immediately (or like a bad person if I don’t), to be available to everyone always. It’s eating me alive.
So, for my mental health, I am going to set some boundaries with my phone and my laptop. Going to get back to strictly unplugging by 9:00 pm (now 23 minutes late on that tonight). I am going to answer texts only at certain times of the day, emails and FB the same. And I am turning notifications off of my phone. My blood pressure goes up every time that danged thing ‘dings’. Hopefully, I will begin to feel an improvement to my mental health.
How do you keep mentally healthy? Do you have a tried and true tip I can try? Is there anything among the tips I shared, that resonates with you? Please share in a comment below. Or if you are a blogger, link-up your wellness related post with us below.
And check out the rest of this year’s Wellness Wednesday topics in the graphic below. Would love to have more gals join us for this series.
Unplugging now, just 33 minutes late. And this time tomorrow night, I will be cross stitching or reading and my laptop will be tucked away.
Hugs and kisses,