Friday, September 28, 2012
Day 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
I am still working on this part of wellness. In a way it was the first thing I started working on but it is certainly the one that I will have to continue to WORK at for the longest.
Emotionally...... I think that exercise helped a lot here. I have a VERY strong family history of major depression. Long ago the doctor told me that vigorous exercise would modulate neurotransmitter levels for 24-48 hours and I should work exercise into my life to ward off the need for antidepressants. Given my family history and the tendency for the drugs to 'poop out', she feels I need to delay starting them for as long as I possibly can. I have come to terms with my family history and the extra stressors in my life and how my coping mechanisms will likely make the difference between succumbing to depression and remaining emotionally healthy. So.... I exercise and I practice accepting my life the way it is and work on reducing stress and developing healthier coping mechanisms. I'm not quite there yet. For example, I'd really like more one-on-one time just having fun with my husband, being a couple, going on dates, just enjoying each other. I used to get horribly stressed out about it which only made it harder for the two of us to connect. Now I don't let it get to me nearly as much but we still haven't worked out how to make that time for us. So... the disconnect still happens but at least we (I) don't make it worse by flipping out on him.
Spiritually.... I'm still a work in progress here as well. Again, I am taking a two-pronged approach. I am not beating myself up for not being a perfect Catholic. But I am also working on making myself the best Catholic I *can* be.
Intellectually.... This is probably the area I'm doing best in. What I'd really like to do - if money and time were no object - is go back to school to become a registered dietician. BUT money & time are both issues so I'm doing a Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification in the time I can carve out. I'll probably do one course at a time related to fitness, nutrition, wellness, etc.
Extra.... I'm not sure where this fits in but I consider my Centergy classes a VERY important piece of my wellness 'program'. Some of this is emotional - taking the time to calm down, recharge, and accept that it *is* OK to take care of me. Some of this is spiritual - it's not traditionally religious but there is something about the feel of Centergy that strikes a spiritual chord in me. Whatever it is about Centergy, I definitely feel like my time in that class helps me cope with the rest of my life.
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