Saying Hi

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful week. Mine has had it’s ups and downs but I’m aiming for more ups.

I am enjoying the cooler weather we have been having the last couple of weeks. It’s usually very warm here in the summer time so the little drop in temperature has made it to be more enjoyable for me.

Mental Health

My mental health continues to be a daily struggle.  I have my good days and my bad days. I wrote a post last month about being “stuck in a funk” (Read Here) I noticed I am still struggling with it off and on. I have made some changes since that post.

Changes I Have Made

I recently started going for walks, trying to add a little exercise in my daily life, and soaking up some of that vitamin D is an added bonus. I am really out of shape so my walks aren’t very far but at least I’m trying, one step at a time.

I also decided to give meditation a try. I’m not very experienced, and not sure what to do, so I have been reading up on it. I’m also not sure if I’m doing it right because it’s not really doing anything for me.  Any advice or tips or any helpful videos please let me know in the comments or please email me.

I signed up for a bowling league. It took me two weeks to find the motivation to do it. Now that I have, I feel excited, I have something to look forward to.

I am a little worried though because I know the day I start the league my anxiety will be lurking around, my OCD will be tormenting me, and my panic attacks….. well my panic attacks are always lingering, ready to show up whenever it feels like it.

I just re-read that last paragraph and I’m so glad I did. I’m worried about something that may or may not happen next month. Worried about having anxiety next month is only causing me anxiety now.

I need to get out of my head and stay in the moment.

I will not let this illness keep me a prisoner in my mind.  I will stay in the moment.  I will keep telling myself this….. STAY IN THE MOMENT.    I have to keep reminding myself of this. Maybe the more I say it the more I will take action and do it. STAY IN THE MOMENT.

Are you a worrier like I am? Do you worry about tomorrow instead of enjoying today? Focus on now. Do what you can to make today better. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed by the past or future. STAY IN THE MOMENT.  One more time……….

STAY IN THE MOMENT

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, Reach Out, Speak Up, And Ask For Help.  Nobody should go through it alone.

Have a fantastic weekend.

#mentalhealthmatters

Published by WebbBlogs

Just learning how to enjoy life with ocd. My mental health has been interfering with my daily activities for far to long and now that Im 50 its about time I start enjoying life and taking chances.

17 thoughts on “Saying Hi

  1. Iโ€™ve been using the headspace app for meditation. I think some of the content is free so you can check it out before paying. They also have a lot on their YouTube channel!

    Liked by 2 people

      1. Thatโ€™s the anxiety talking! Donโ€™t listen to it! The โ€œGet some headspaceโ€ book by Andy Puddicombe is great also. I listened to the audiobook version.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Ok the way I understand meditation is (from reading and from experience):

    โ€”Repeated meditation changes the brain over time in positive ways, such as increasing your natural levels of dopamine.
    โ€”Combining meditation with physical activity (yoga or walking meditation) increases the dopamine boost more and can be better/easier for some people (e.g. people with ADHD or OCD)
    โ€”Meditation is the practise of focusing your mind on something simple (breathing, a physical object, anything). The point is to maintain focus on something non-judgementally, and when distractions appear in your mind just to gently bring your attention back
    โ€”The benefits of meditation increase over time

    So it’s important to understand the fundamentals/mechanism of meditation and therefore realise there are many different ways to ‘meditate’. The classic way of doing it in some funny posture is all unnecessary pretentiousness. Really only through experimentation can you separate what are the core parts of it from the additional mumbo jumbo that people have added to it.

    The best way I found to benefit from it in terms of feeling better/more alert/more calm, was not to expect it to make me feel better but simply see it as a challenge. Can I sit still here for 10 minutes just focusing on this one thing? It is an interesting challenge and by simply committing to it to see what happens, I found I felt better through not trying to feel better! The most effective way I found to meditate was sitting on a bench by a lake, looking straight ahead and focusing on a distant point. It works better for me with my eyes open as closing them makes me feel claustrophobic. I find that focusing on my breathing sets off my somatic OCD and my breathing becomes really forced!!

    With all of the above in mind, I realised that my addiction to swimming each morning which I maintained for some years, was simply a meditation and it gave me all of the listed benefits of meditation, plus exercise. In fact swimming laps in a pool can work really well because it’s boring, lol. The one thing you’re focusing on is the movement of swimming. I don’t do it now because I have eczema ๐Ÿ˜†. I know other people would have other issues with swimming too so not for everyone, just an example.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Taking walks is a great idea. Both exercise and being out in nature are great for mental health. I hope that youโ€™ll have fun with the bowling league too โ€“ itโ€™s important to have something to look forward to. I recently started going to a social club at my local library and I look forward to it all week. Itโ€™s both an opportunity to leave the house and to socialize which I usually donโ€™t do.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree, it is important to have something to look forward to. You also just gave me an idea…….I live very close to my local library, I should see if they have any volunteer opportunities. Thank you for the idea and for commenting ๐Ÿ˜

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: