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Friday, January 11, 2013

I've been thinking a lot lately about transitions. I have a son with special needs and one of his challenges is transition. So transition has been a topic of great significance in my life for quite a long time now. But I've been thinking specifically about my own transitions-both past and present.

Of course there are the big ones, both happy and sad. We all have those in our lives. I've been more focused on the smaller transitions.

I'm interested in my transition from stuffing my face with whatever tastes good to my current mindset of trying to be healthier. One of my big motivators has been being diagnosed this past year with clinical depression. Getting to the point where I knew I needed help was a huge process. Once and made the decision, talked to a psychiatrist and started to receive treatment I then felt a little better. Then I decided to take better care of myself in all aspects of my life. I know feel much more like myself and my good days far out number the bad ones.

Another thing that prompted this shift is that I have chronic insomnia. I have difficulty falling asleep and if I wake up in the middle of the night (which I always do) I cannot get my mind to disengage so I can fall back to sleep. Often I am awake at 1:30 or 2 am. Not where I want to be. I've tried everything I can think of to help with this problem, I admit that I have a very high amount of stress in my life (reference aforementioned son) that we are working everyday to reduce. There is no medical diagnosis. I've had sleep studies done, take melatonin, etc. Nothing worked. I've meet taking prescription sleep aids for years. I don't want to be on them any more. One of my goals for this year is to be able to sleep an entire night (7-8 hrs) consistently. Tall order. I hope that by adopting a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of my life that this may become a reality.

The transition has been slow. I'm still in the midst of it, but I realize that it is a process. A process that will make me a better person to others around me and, more importantly, to myself.

Have a great day!
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    Mary Ellen, thank you for your comments. I appreciate the support!
    1923 days ago
    I do not suffer from chronic insomnia but occasionally I have trouble falling back to sleep after a potty run. I am Catholic and I found that saying the Rosary works like a charm! I don't know if you are Catholic or not, but I read in your previous blog that one of your goals was 15 minuted of daily Scripture reading. Perhaps you could develop a mantra of positive affirmations that you repeat over and over. Kind of like counting sheep, but of a much more spiritual nature.

    Another thing I've noticed is to avoid exercising close to bedtime. I try to avoid putting exercise off till "later", as later usually means I'm doing it out of guilt right before bed. That simply doesn't work for me. In my younger days I used to go to the gym and come home and zonk out. I found it so relaxing. Not anymore. It's early in the day or I'm up way too long after I hit the bed.

    Hope this mught give you a little relief and some sound rest.
    1923 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!!
    1924 days ago
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