Time for Chronic Voice’s link up party for September.
I have chosen the prompts:
A friend of mine has moved back into the city I live in. She wasn’t far before but with drive time and other factors we didn’t see her as much. So we made a deal for more game nights and to go out for Karaoke. She said it would help me feel less isolated. And she loves Karaoke. I just go for moral support really. But, yeah, getting me out of the house is a good idea. Isolation is never a good thing.
I found a new way to share with people some informative posts condensed into videos with a new program. This is the first one. I am hoping the different format will encourage more sharing of information. I think this first one went pretty good. It is based off of Pain Awareness: Pain consequences post. I plan to pick more of the informative posts for this format.
I am in the attempt of quitting smoking again. This time by decreasing slowly and breaking habits while I do. I am now at 11 smokes a day. And this requires a lot of delaying and distraction. But also to force myself to relax. I did this trick I had picked up for when you are stressed. You lick your lips and slowly suck in and then slowly release a breath. And I am also planning and checking out some chair yoga I can do with the vertigo. And making sure I keep up with my meditation. All of which will help me reduce and quit.
So I have a confession to make. With depression, when you are deep into it, you have problems with energy, with motivation, and with doing simple day to day tasks. Everything seems just overwhelming. And what often happens is we neglect certain hygiene. We may not shower as much. We may not brush our teeth as much. And that was me in there. But now that the depression is treated I have officially started to establish some hygiene routines again. And it makes me feel satisfied. I brush my teeth twice a day. And when I do I clean my face and add on a moisturizing lotion. In the morning and before bed. And I certainly have been enjoying my Epsom salt baths. Which I like to pamper myself in when I can afford to. Like homemade soaps and my Peppermint Sage shampoo and then the same lotion for when I am out of the tub. All of this is making me feel very refreshed. I am proud of myself for establishing this again.