WATERMELLEN has written some interesting blogs about mood lately and here was one of my "chime-ins" she suggested I share, of course with a little cycling update afterward... :-)
Throughout my years of working with clients I've been pretty underwhelmed by their responses to SSRI's and most of the antidepressant medications. And why anyone would reach for anti-psychotic medication for depression is beyond me!
Now that's not to say I haven't known a few folks who DID experience significant relief via the SSRI route and have been VERY supportive of them...but far too few people have benefitted for me to be enthusiastic about that choice. I'm like "can't hurt to try" but instead I focus and put my energy into helping folks cover 6 areas of basic needs before delving deeper:
1) air (respiration, deep breathing, relaxation techniques, meditation),
2) water (quality and quantity of hydration),
3) physical activity (bodies are meant to MOVE!),
4) food choices (quality & quantity of food),
5) sleep hygiene (quality & quantity of sleep),
6) spirituality (quality of connection to a higher power).
And I'll tag on #7) connection to others (quality & quantity of meaningful connections with mutually caring people)
Most folks feel pretty grounded and ready to take on their lives if they've taken care of these basic needs.
Onto CYCLING! :-)
Pleasant weekend, Saturday our bike club got together to clean up our stretch of highway which we scrub up every spring and again in the fall...snagging & bagging all the trash and doing our part to beautify our neck o' the woods. We had a shorter 24 mile ride up to Whitney Point and on the return route I joined with a couple of speedier riders and we really whizzed on back! Since I don't bother with a speedometer I asked one of the other riders if they tracked our speed at all. Neither had. One said: I don't know I only know there were a lotta times I thought "Holy cow, slow DOWN!" :-)
Sunday was our "Never Too Early To Ride the Hills" Ride:
Not TOO challenging with the climbs, which were kindly piled on in the early stretch of riding...flattened out for the latter half. One other rider spoke my "woo-hoo" sentiment when he said: "I always get a kick out of breaking the speed limit on my bike!" referring to the wonderful downhill pay-offs from climbing when we blasted through some 45 mph zones. The ride leader spoke to us around the halfway point saying: "Ladies and Gentlemen, that concludes the hill-climbing portion of our ride." To which we responded with a variety of throat-clearings, smiles and eye-rolls...cuz we KNEW BETTER! :-) But he was right, the "worst" was over.
I'm thinking I might "treat" the club to this challenging ride in the future which essentially climbs Belden Hill TWICE, but has such AWESOME views at the top and incredible downhill thrills!