- A protein-rich breakfast makes everything better - less cravings, steadier energy
- Drinking water makes everything better - improved mood, steadier energy, improved mental clarity
- Aderall is a terrific afternoon high that masks a nasty afternoon low, plus it often leads to an evening crash just when I need to be getting Little N ready for bed
- Fatigue is a formidable enemy - it sends me straight into the candy jar, it can even trigger a pity-party which also sends me into the candy jar
- A stressful environment, as in other people's stress not mine, sees me reaching for a cigarette
- I have trouble distinguishing between low energy and low moods or emotions but they all lead to mistreating my body
- Routines help - weekdays I have a better chance of eating healthy meals and drinking water than on the weekends
Last year at about this time I compiled a list titled "self care for major depression" on my blog. Seems like I've known what's good for me all along…. Here's where I'm at this year:
- I need to return to the simplicity of ticking things off of this list each day in order to treat myself well, and live well, regardless of how I feel;
- I want to experience my feelings as they come up in my body and my heart, and be led to treat myself well.
I don't imagine a utopian lifestyle for myself where I can nap whenever I'm tired and cry whenever I'm sad (like, not at work). But I do think that the noticing calls me back in touch with my body and emotions so that I can treat myself well as much as possible.