Thursday, November 29, 2012
I'm back to my regular schedule. Working full time 5-6 days a week, going to school full time. I don't have much to update right now. I am grateful to have the routine of a steady job. Routines are very helpful in maintaining a stable mood. I am hoping to incorporate this blog as part of my routine, too. My goal is to overcome depression, anxiety, and low self esteem without the use of medication. I know that talk therapy, healthy diet, and moderate exercise will help me. Jotting down my thoughts in this blog has helped, also. I understand that for certain people that is not enough and medication may be necessary. That is okay, too. Just because something works for me does not mean it will work for someone else. I encourage any readers who suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self esteem to seek help from TRUSTED and PROFESSIONAL sources. It may take a while, but there is healing; you can reclaim the life and the purpose that God has ordained for you. God has given us all strong, healthy bodies and strong, healthy minds.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I have been cooped up in my house all day. I was planning on doing a lot of things at home; including finishing some homemade Christmas presents. I did not get everything done. I did get a few things started, though. I have completed my school project that is due this upcoming Tuesday. I have started the first of two papers that are also due this Tuesday. I was able to spend some quality time with my beautiful daughter. Most of the things on my to-do list have not been started, but I am not going to beat myself up about what did not get accomplished. I am going to keep pressing on; focusing on all the blessings God has showered down on me. Thank you, God, for the courage to keep pressing on. Thank you, God, for your tender mercy.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Anxiety and depression are like treading water in the ocean; many times managing to stay afloat, other times a big wave threatens to engulf me. With the holiday season, I am ever vigilant. This year, I will not succumb to this wave. My two day absence from blogging has affected me tremendously. I have been very close to crying and being paralyzed by depression. I force myself to press on. I am in the middle of a big school project so I have LOTS of homework. Every time I get up to get some water, or get a snack, I grab some things that don't belong in the living room and place them in the correct spot. Sometimes I will do a bit of exercise; squats, wall pushups, cardio boxing. These are just some things that are helping me. I am claiming victory over anxiety and depression.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Psalms 48:1
Monday, November 19, 2012
With so many projects to complete, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I look at my to-do list and only 2 items are checked off. Sometimes I feel like I can't handle it all and then life hands me another "blow". This time it's going to be different. I'm going to just take deep breaths and remember that God is in control of my life. I will not get overwhelmed. Some day I would like to take things one day at a time. For now, though, that is still too much. I'm getting through life just ten minutes at a time. That's why my profile pic is a turtle. Everyone can rush past me and accomplish all their tasks and goals quickly. I will get there when I get there. Someday I will catch up to everyone. Someday I may change that pic to a rabbit, or a gazelle. But for now, I gotta keep things slow and steady. 10 minutes at a time.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Journaling is a great way to manage stress and anxiety. Writing down one's thoughts helps to put things in perspective. I am going to use this blog to jot down my thoughts. At this point, I am more concerned with conquering my depression and anxiety rather than losing weight. It is equally important to have a healthy mind as it is to have a healthy body. I am bound and determined to make it through this holiday season with a positive outlook on life. Hopefully my blog can motivate others, too.
Never forget: Isaiah 41:9-11
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
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