Day 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those asking Day 2 of what?  A few days ago I was in a pretty bad depression state and decided for the next 3 to 4 days I’ll use some of my tools dealing with depression and document it here on my blog.  I’m doing this to make myself accountable,  get out of this state, and lastly to hopefully help someone else who may be looking for new tools.

Well leaving off from last night, I actually got a really good nights sleep of a solid straight 5 hours.  I can’t remember the last time that happened.  Forcing myself to stay up till at least 9:30 is the way to go for me plus obviously not taking huge naps during the day.  So waking up day 2 started off with a good win.

Starting off on day 2, I felt a couple notches up as far as my mental health had been.  As some had commented from Day 1, sleep is so important around depression.  This morning I switched it up a bit and for tools, I used giving thanks(prayer), 15 minutes on the exercise bike, and then followed up with some stretching and a cold shower.

Midday was the same as yesterday.  I took the dogs out for a walk, ate, and did a 15-minute meditation.  Now after that thing’s kind of went downhill.  We were having a lot of issues at work that caused a ton of stress and I didn’t get in a workout afterward.  Actually …I’m still working.

Thoughts on Day 2:

  • Staying up during the day and going to bed later helps me sleep better.  I know…duh, but when I’m depressed I usually throw that tool out the window.
  • Need to figure out this work stress stuff.  I don’t think the World will end if I take a mid-afternoon break to step away from the stress and also just stopping at a reasonable hour.
  • Need to make myself a priority and get my after work workout in!

Some may be wondering how I’m feeling now after two days of using some of my tools? It’s getting a good bit better : )  As I’m doing this I’m discovering what works and what doesn’t work.  It also shines the light on those things that need attention.

I’ll write more tomorrow on Day 3.  Thanks for reading and your support.

12 thoughts on “Day 2

  1. Do you take lunch at your desk/office? I struggle with stress at work especially but am able to drive home and take my lunch in the comfort of my home.
    Getting away from your workplace and coworkers especially can recharge your batteries and break up the day. It helps me dive back in and keep my depression from creeping back in.
    (Hugs)

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      • I work out of my house 3 days a week and have an office to go to 2 times a week. It’s a nice blend. I know my mood, if down, improves when I have that office interaction and then I go back to getting time to myself. Maybe finding ways to interact with others more during your day, even if only for a short time would help. My hubs is an introvert. He belongs to a lot of Facebook groups, debating this and that based upon his interests which are primarily dogs, horses, and politics. At first it drove me nuts that I have met almost all of my Facebook friends and almost all of his have come from these groups. But we all connect in different ways and we now have technology on our side.

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  2. Progress, not perfection. Isn’t that what they say? I find keeping to my blogging has kept me on track, even if i went off track – i was beholden to myself to choose sobriety every second of the day. Depression is called the ‘black dog’ here in Ireland.. is it the same there? it is not easy at all, and you are doing very well. Keep blogging, and I’ll keep reading! 🙂

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  3. Arrgggghhh I struggle to exercise, with work and volunteering and my dogs I really feel time poor. It’s really something we both need to sort out, you are probably sick of people saying it but when I was going through depression as much as I didn’t feel like it getting out and walking the dogs was better than any anti-depressant. Looking forward to reading more from you tomorrow. XOX

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