Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul Journey 2-29-12

Two days before I started this blog series, on Fat Tuesday, no less, I went to the doctor for a medicine check. I've been on anti-depressants for almost 13 years.  My depression started long before that, at about age 10, but that was 1974 and not much was known about genetic mood disorders, and certainly not in 10 year old children.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul Journey - 2/28/12

Life is full of ups, downs and all arounds, isn't it?  Some days we feel we can conquer the world and other days it's all we can do to put one foot in front of the other and stagger through until it's time to go to bed again.  Sometimes, I wonder what makes it worth the effort on those days.  I wonder for only a minute before I remember what makes it worthwhile -- People.  My people.  My family and my friends.  And above all, for me, God.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cabinet Revitalization -Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit 2/27/12

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. ~Psalm 90:17

This weekend was a whirlwind of activity on my journey.  I had the idea that sprucing up my home would help boost my low moods.  I know that things aren't important in life; it's the people who really matter.  However, surrounding ourselves with things that we love goes a long way toward helping us feel content and comfortable.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul 2-24-12

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~Psalm 139:13-14

This is a picture of me just a couple of months before I developed Bell's Palsy.  I wasn't the thinnest I'd ever been, but I was a respectable size for a 46 year old women with four kids.  I didn't feel okay about the size at the time, however.  I look at this picture here and I look at the picture I took yesterday and in my mind (at the time this pic was taken), I saw myself the size I am now.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Journey to a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~James 4:10

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, a day where many Christians, myself included reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus, and in turn reflect on our lives and perhaps find some things we ourselves should sacrifice, for the 40 days between now and Easter Sunday.  Not that our small sacrifices could even measure up to that of Jesus' sacrifice, but we do it as a gesture of obedience and solidarity.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Depression Sucks the Life Out of Me

The past year, for me, has been the hardest of my 47 years.  I've had some tough years along the way, but this one takes the prize.  As I sit here today I feel... numb.  I'm finding it hard to even grasp words I need to describe the depths of emotion I feel.  Depressed?  Yes.  Anxious?  Yes.  Worried?  Yes.  Scared?  Absolutely.  I feel all of those things and yet, it's difficult to describe the combination of emotional soup that is my mind and heart.