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Figuring out the Blues

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I wish that when we are down or have bad days we could find the one thing we need to change and then move on. It has taken me 5 days to figure out why I was so down last week and I was helped by perspective from my therapist.
1. By being retired and spending time on my own or with small groups, my threshold for lots of people, little or no time alone and lots of stimulation is to shut down. (Hence all the time with people at the conference and being in Chicago last week.) This was insight from therapist.
2. I had a glass or two of wine everyday we were gone (5). I rarely drink more than a glass a month and I think with my meds the alcohol has an increased depressant effect. (But it did taste good).
3. I had a major complication develop with my daughter over the timing of some events surrounding her graduation. I ended up with a minor panic attack. Luckily my therapist called to change an appointment time and talked me to a place of calm and understanding. And, of course, she was right, when I had the conversation with my daughter, she was completely understanding of my perspective.
4, I missed my yoga. I was exercising each day, but I did no yoga for over a week... my body doesn't like that!
Now I know some things to do. It's amazing how figuring all that out brought my mood and energy level up.
Sorry to go on so long, but I needed to write this out to clearly understand it. Thanks for reading.
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  • KLONG8
    One of the benefits of blogging is just that. You get the opportunity to work things through for yourself. Then with SP we all have the opportunity to grow through your words! I'm just beginning to take a yoga class & it's another world there. I can see how important it is to others and am already intrigued with the glimpses I'm seeing. This blog is a few days old but hope the positive outlook is even stronger by now.
    3362 days ago
    It makes sense why you were feeling blue. Sometimes it is hard to step back and see the bigger picture. emoticon
    3366 days ago
    Makes total sense--- without the time you usually spend with your body/mind/soul and yoga, things were all out of whack ! And yes, when I drink more than 1-2 glasses of wine a month, I can feel a difference,too ! So glad you figured it all out....enjoy being ...just being..... emoticon
    3366 days ago
    I am in a similar position with giving up work and spending a lot of time alone, well with the dogs, and just seeing my husband part of the day. Even when I go to the gym, I am not really interacting with people. I do more bonding at the yoga studio than anywhere else in my teachers are my friends. I never give up yoga completely...even if all I can manage is legs up the wall and savasana...I do it. Funny how my life that used to be centered on work is now centered on yoga and my health...go figure!
    3366 days ago
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