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Stress and depression management

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Well, after a stellar start on W1, I gained a lb on W2. That in itself is a small thing, but prompts the question why. I know why. I had two days of eating less well and one day of no fitness efforts. Those are results, not reasons. Reasons: stress and depression locked hand in hand which make overeating and what the Bhagavad Gita calls “dark inertia “ all too easy.

Bottom line, I think it’s my stress management that needs attention. Some years ago when I was facing a potentially stressful month, I made a lengthy list of stress management choices. I’m smiling now as I recall the brightly colored underwear that cheered me up just thinking about the unseen. I made good use of my art supplies and spent an afternoon copying a framed sketch I happened upon. I turned the original upside down and copied it upside down just for the challenge. That sketch occupied an entire afternoon. Here’s my sketch.



I walked daily, enjoyed the comfort of hot soup, avoided sweets, ate well. I focused on making my space as appealing as possible to support my mood. I played the piano, wrote, meditated. I can’t say I didn’t experience stress, but it’s probably the best I ever handled it.

That’ll be my focus this week, drawing on my many tools for managing stress and depression.
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  • FIT2BETHIN
    Loved your blog! So glad you found good ways to soothe yourself. Best wishes for a good week!
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  • AKA_TROUBLE
    Love your sketch - excellent! Hoping this coming week is less stressful for you. emoticon
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  • DMILLER33
    I love your sketch! A great way to work on stress and dark inertia. These are strange times and then throw in a normal life change. It is stressful. Take care
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    45 days ago
  • I_CHOOSE
    I think a lot of people are feeling down and not quite with their usual flow right now. "Dark inertia" so so apt! Perfect description of where I am but I tend to ignore it as much as possible. Much of my stressors are related to politics and how I feel about it - not much I can do to change the things that get me down. I think all we can do is lean on each other.
    45 days ago
  • WHITECAT19

    So glad you recognize what is going on and have such great ways of coping! That sketch is amazing! You are very talented.

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  • ALEXSGIRL1
    the sketch is beautiful hugs for less stress next week
    46 days ago
  • NANCYPAULINE
    That phrase "dark inertia" is so apt. I think I'd like to read about it. I also agree with IMUSTLOSEIT about the effects of retirement. I'm glad you're not taking that weight glitch too seriously. After all, you're in this for the long term. emoticon
    46 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I love the sketch, so peaceful looking.

    I think what you are feeling is a result of retiring. I did the same thing when I first retired, I needed to learn how to relax after the years of go go go of the job. Now I can get so relaxed that I can sit right down beside a job that needs done and it doesn't bother me at all. I know when I stopped working outside the home I had all these things in my mind that I wanted to do, and thought that I could do them all in a few days, but it didn't work that way. Life happened, and I needed to just gradually slow down, and learn that I didn't need to be doing something every minute of the day. Just grab one of your fur babies and cuddle awhile, but I would suggest that you grab the one likes to cuddle. lol Have a great day. Hugs.
    46 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    I'm grateful you're able to take the time needed to reflect and recognize where the root is and work on it. How talented you are in creating! So glad you have ways to nourish your soul and recharge for this chapter. 💕
    46 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Your sketch is beautiful!!

    Wishing you peace. So much stress in all areas of life right now. Managing it is indeed key.

    HUGS
    46 days ago
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