I’ve learned about myself, over the years, that I have highs and lows throughout the month. (Although I assume that everyone does, to an extent! Some people do and self medicate through it… I think I did this in my twenties, somewhat, but then I quit drinking at 26, which is a whole other blog post. Now it’s just me and my emotions!) Anyway, my highs and lows are similar to what I imagine a bi-polar person feels, but not nearly as extreme (especially since I quit adding alcohol to the mix!). When I’m up, which is three quarters of the time, I have a generally happy disposition for no reason, and a lot more energy. This is how most people think of me, I would say. When I’m down, I’m just flat. I don’t know how else to put it. My husband sometimes says I’m not myself on those days. The last couple of days were “flat” days. To be honest, if it wasn’t for this blog, I probably wouldn’t have left the house and exercised. One reason for this blog is just to keep some normalcy; no matter if I’m “up” or “flat,” trying to keep some routines, and monitoring myself compared to how well I’m doing with the routines.
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, although I was having trouble falling asleep so I went and slept in the other room where I could flop around without waking my husband.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Yes.
◊ I ate breakfast. Shredded Wheat and Raisin Bran mixed together, along with coffee, milk and sugar. My staple, pretty much! Perhaps I should go CRAZY and eat oatmeal tomorrow?
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I got close to eight glasses of liquid today. I tried hard as I woke up dehydrated; slammed a glass of water, drank 12 ounces of coffee, drank 12 ounces of water on a hike I went on today, drank some tea at home, drank a few cups of a smoothie for dinner…. that’s gotta be getting close right? I’ll fill up my thermos and put it by my bed for tonight.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine.Yes! Seriously, thanks to this blog. I was going to do yoga this morning at the state park, but I was in a brain fog and didn’t. However, this afternoon I went for a 2.5 mile hike at my favorite spot a long the lake, and did a little yoga. I tried to do a time delayed picture, but my camera died after this one, so this is all you get. Ha!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I struggle with that today. I DID think about it, as, like I said, it was a “flat” day, and my brain likes to think of every way life could go horribly wrong on those days. I did try and remind myself that I’m a resourceful person if something DID happen, and that… most of the things I worry about don’t happen. I used to tell myself that the things I worry about never happen, but then last fall, I was really worried that I might miscarry, and then I did, so now I tell myself that things I worry about hardly ever happen!
◊ I connected with someone. Just my hubby. My Mom called; I’ll call her back tomorrow.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I read a lot today, the new Kristan Higgins book, “Good Luck With That.”
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes about an hour of walking and fifteen minutes of yoga.
◊ I only went on the internet between six to eight PM: I actually did pretty good with this today. I use social media to connect but when I’m feeling flat I usually curl in a bit. Plus I had a good book I read for like three hours.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) I did last night and will do tonight. Hopefully, I’m riding out the “flat” and will be on the upswing soon!