I still occasionally have self-defeating thoughts, though. I overthink things. I'm constantly
Wow. I guess it sounds like I don't feel all that much better mentally after all.
Okay. I'm sitting here on a Monday morning. Fighting these demons. I can either give in to them, or I can work through them.
What can I do today to change my course?
- DIET - I need to eat a healthy, balanced, properly portioned diet; and not just because I recently had my gall bladder out. Research is now supporting what we've all suspected: maintaining a healthy diet helps maintain a healthy mind.
- EXERCISE - I cannot do strength or core training (e.g., yoga, Pilates) for a while, but I can get some oxygen in my blood and blood in my brain.
- SLEEP!! - I need to get about 8 hours of quality sleep, falling asleep in the dark without the TV on or iPhone in hand.
- PRAYER/MEDITATION - There are mixed reviews in scientific literature about the link between prayer/meditation and mental health, but I believe it does work. When I have prayed regularly, I've been centered and less anxious.
"Rome wasn't built in a day", you know. I think I'll start small and gradually add on. First things first: sleep and diet. Then, later this week, add walking in the neighborhood for about twenty minutes and morning prayer and meditation.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Here are some interesting reads if you want to know more:
Craft, L. and Perna, F. The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2004; 6(3): 104–111.
American Psychological Association: Why Sleep Is Important and What Happens When You Don't Get Enough