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.