Category: Health

The Sunday Salon

Posted March 10, 2013 by Hillary in Audiobook, Health, Hearing aid, Penzu, reading, Shopping, Sunday, Uncategorized, United States / 8 Comments

The Sunday Salon

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a good Sunday. Today I am going to church then when I get home I will catch up on my google reader and read. It has been bright and sunny out which makes me impatient for spring where I can read and write outside. My new apt has a balcony I am itching to try out. Also it is so much more pleasant to go somewhere when it is nice and warm than when it is freezing out. There are lots of new places around town that I want to try out. I am looking forward to spring.

I bought a monthly subscription to The Artist Way online website. I am still not sure what I think about the site. It has a place for creative notes and such but I use Evernote for that and I use Penzu for online journaling. However it does have the Artist way exercises  and date ideas so maybe I will keep it for that. Have any of you used the site? If so what did you think?

For this week I have an audiologist appointment. I am getting new hearing aids. I am going to ask about an implant and see if I get one if  I could understand audio books and stuff better. I have asked friend and gotten mixed results on the implant but I think its worth asking about.

I hope to get a lot of reading done this week. I need to catch up on my reviews from my reading last week. I have books checked out from the library  and I am attempting to read them all before I have to send them back.  I am sure many of you know how that goes.

I hope everyone has a good Sunday!

How I Overcame Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted February 23, 2013 by Hillary in Daylight saving time, Depression, Flylady, Health, Mental health, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Shopping, Uncategorized, Winter Blues / 0 Comments

It is now the middle of February. Normally at this time of year I would be desperate for any hint of sunshine. Anxiety would overtake me and it felt as if the warm summer breezes would never blow my way again. I would be curled up on my bed hoping that the next time I opened my eyes that it would ne summer. Not this year this year I was proactive in beating Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD). I read Seasonal Affective Disorder for Dummies. I took a lot of the advice I found there and some i read about on the internet and some i came up with all of my own.

I moved into  different apt that has big windows on the side that the sun shines and this has made my seasonal affective disorder a million times better. Light shines into my apt and i no longer feel as in I am in a dark cave like i did in my previous apartment. This might be a drastic step but it is one that I am happy I made.

I bought these light bulbs that stimulate natural daylight. So my apt is bright and cheery. They cost me an arm and a leg but again it was worth every penny I spent on them. Even at night if I have my lights on it keeps my apartment from becoming a dark cave where no light can penetrate.

I keep my apartment spotless. I read Flylady’s book and website and read how other users feel better when they ‘FLY”. So I started to do the same thing and wouldn’t you know it a lot of my anxiety evaporated just like that. I am normally a messy person so it takes work but I am always so happy with the results.

I cut out negative people. I know this is a no brainer but I was so afraid of losing friends that I would keep anyone who would tolerate me around. Then I realize they were influencing how I felt about myself so I sat down and made a list of who supports me and who is negative for me and the negative people I gave the boot. I may have far fewer friends now but at least they are all positive and upbeat and it makes me feel positive and upbeat.

If the stress gets to be too much and i need to do something to de stress I take a bubble bath. I have all kinds of bubble bath scents so I will pick one and either read in the tub or listen to music. I always feel better after doing this. This is great for when I have a cigarette craving. Works like a charm.

I bought summer time scents. When you walk in my apartment that is coconut you smell. This helps me at least pretend summer is just around the corner and hope is a very powerful thing.

What are your strategies for beating the Winter Blues? Leave them in the comments.


New Week New Weight Watchers Begining

Posted September 30, 2012 by Hillary in Health, Uncategorized, Weight loss, Weight Watchers / 0 Comments

This past week has been horrible for my Weight Watchers diet. I would get these anxiety attacks and cram whatever I could in my mouth. I sat down and analyzed what I could do this week differently instead. Lat year I took fish oil for anxiety and it really helped so I am going to get some more. I know a lot of it due to quitting smoking and the changing of the seasons so I am going to have to come up with a list of things to do instead. One thing that I find that really helps is the Superbetter game. I am so glad I found that game. It really helps in times of stress. I just need to remember to implement it in the heat of the moment.

So this is a new week I am not going to beat myself up. I am going to focus on making this week the best week possible. I am going to track all my food, drink all my water and try to get in two days of my walking DVD.

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