Tuesday, January 01, 2013
A woman who is trying to make healthy changes in her life probably should not have to go on blood pressure medication. And that is just what happened last week when I went to the doctor. My blood pressure was dangerously high for the 3rd time in a row and he put me on medication. And if I want to get off this medication, I'm going to have to make a lot of changes.
My depression and anxiety have been acting up since the beginning of December, and while the symptoms are tolerable, they are not good. Which means I have been having a low grade anxiety attack for a month. I don't know, but this could possibly be raising my blood pressure. Also means I have been wanting to curl up in a ball and cry for awhile. Not wanting to move much.
I have to take some steps to help myself here. I've been feeling selfish for wanting to make all these changes for myself, but I find myself being an ineffectual mother and human being when I'm feeling like this.
So I'm going back to the beginning (again, I know.)
-Move (at least) 10 minutes a day, everyday.
-8 glasses of water a day
-track my food.
I also will add one extra step, for now. Either journal or meditate each day. I need to gain some control over my moods - the medication is helping me to cope, but it's not enough, and I'm nervous about switching. I do plan to make an appt with a real psychiatrist - I think my gp has done all he can do for me.
So step 1 - I'm going to a Zumba class today at 1. I always feel better after these, so here's to feeling better.
What changes are you making this year? Do you ever find yourself having to start over?