My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

Mental Health Monday: Up & Down, & Through It.


“I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through.  I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train.  I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water.  A second’s action would end everything.  A few drops of desperation.”
~Winston Churchill (Quotes on Bipolar)

Cruikshank woman committing suicide by jumping off a bridge from; believed to be in the public domain.

I share that feeling with Mr. Churchill. I can’t be near a drop without thinking of jumping anymore than I can have a knife without thinking of cutting myself. I avoid guns entirely for those reasons. The image used is Cruikshank Woman Committing Suicide By Jumping Off A Bridge. I found it through on a Google search. The site wouldn’t come up, but the image was still on Google. The snippet said it is considered a public domain image.

So the last week was pretty good, but still a bit up & down.  It started off strong, then dipped the last half.  Though, I feel like I don’t remember much of last week.  I do know that I kept up with my exercise & Weight Watchers, & some housework even when I felt down, or had a binge one day.  I am very proud of that.  Not to mention updating this blog:~)  I’ve been cranky today & am pushing myself to write this.   Also, I only slept about four or five hours last night, so I’m really tired.

With that I think I’ll get to the bullets point review.

  • Self-care:  Had two showers this week.
  • More regular physical activity, & getting outside.  Walking, jogging, tennis, weights, I exercised six days this week.  More important, I gave myself a guilt free day off when my mood & energy were flagging.  I picked it back up the next day, when I had planned a rest day.  Good to know when I’m feeling low I can cut myself some slack & get right back to work.  Typically those are the days that throw everything out of whack.
  • Continue to make better choices in regards to what I eat.  I had some caffeine this week, & it’s been okay.  Not daily, or excessively.  Same for sweets.  Except… Saturday.  Had a cookie binge on Saturday.  I blogged about it that night. I counted my points & thankfully had plenty of weekly points to absorb the binge.  I think it had a lot to do with how low I felt that day.
  • Be more active around the house.  I have a room scheduled each day through the week, & garbage duty on Sunday.  I’ve also started cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner & making sure all the dishes are done before I go to bed.  I flubbed my room cleaning a couple of days, but I did keep up with the kitchen & dishes.  Pleased with that.
  • Visit another friend this week.  I did not pay any visits this week, or make any phone calls.  I did call about my student loans though, finally, which is a really good thing.
  • Get back on my stated posting schedule.  I got Monday’s post out on Tuesday & it’s been a mixed bag the rest of the week.  Most of them have gone out late that day, & I actually did write & schedule Sunday’s a few days in advance.
  • Test out my mood calendar idea.  It’s sitting right beside me, but I only did it one day, lol.

For the next week:

  • Self-care: Get my two showers in.  Continue to be kind to myself.
  • Keep up my activity schedule. Five to six days of thirty minutes of activity is good.  Getting outside to do it has to be good for me as well.
  • Get more sleep.  Continue going to bed earlier this week, even if I still don’t get to sleep until much later.
  • Go to tennis class.  I also have my Weight Watchers meeting & my NAMI meeting this week.  Three public outings, however shall I survive?  I’m not planning anything else.
  • Try to get all my rooms done this week.  And keep up with the dishes & after dinner clean-up.
  • Keep blogging.
  • Try a little harder to do the mood calendar.  I think it could be useful.
  • Crochet.  I’ve finally gotten back into it, so I need to keep it up.  It tends to be a far more useful & peaceful habit than surfing the web, lol.

Okay, that’s it for me.  I’m out.  G’night!

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

5 thoughts on “Mental Health Monday: Up & Down, & Through It.

  1. What is a NAMI meeting like? I’ve considered joining them for a meeting but I have a couple of fears. I tend to feed off others and I worry that if I go I’d feed off the ups and downs of other’s stories or speeches. If I were to go to one of their meetings, what could I expect.

    Have you heard of The Happiness Project? They have a cool little chart you could print off. The idea is to focus on what you have done each week and less on what you haven’t. The blog part of the site is also great. I have a couple of friends who have changed their whole life for the better by amending the project to their needs.

    • i have not heard of the happiness project. i’ll have to check that out.

      as for nami, i live in a rural area, & there are only a couple of other ppl who go regularly. i really like our local rep & she used to work for the local MHC, so she knows a lot about them – this is especially important to me since i got involved w the grp after my meds were stopped because i was late for an appt. as for the mtg itself, it’s a good place to talk about what’s going on in our lives, & there are no support grps in my area, so it’s the only time i can get together w other ppl & really talk about what is going on. it’s very supportive. did that answer your questions?

  2. It is so funny that we sort of posted about similar things today. I am really struggling with keeping the house clean and my mood up, etc. I will be following you, cheering you on this week! 🙂

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