Having a downer today. A little depressed. Cried a little, that helped. My sadness has nothing to do with Dr. Wahls diet, but I did say that I would document my moods as well as my progress or set backs. Difficult moods can effect a course of action for the betterment of self like the Dr. Wahls Protocol or any other self improvement like quitting smoking or drinking. How do I deal with this? I’ve practiced working through difficult emotions for years now and won’t stay in this for long because of that. First off, talk about it. I am starting here and have mentioned it to friends. Second, do something, depression thrives on inactivity, TV binge watching, over sleeping, over eating, not eating. I indulged this sad feeling for about four hours this afternoon, that’s enough. Now I’m doing something, nothing better than journaling, another way to get it out. Thirdly, I use a Higher Power and ask for assistance, it helps me feel that I am never truly alone, a good feeling. Fourth, pinpoint what it is that is actually making me sad. In this case, its a case of loneliness enhanced by projection of that getting worse (which is not the reality). Depression has a way of making the source of the unhappiness magnified to a bigger thing then it may be. Fifth, acceptance of the situation, lack or hindrance that I perceive it to be, for the moment, as insurmountable, devastating, or unacceptable to me. In short:
- Talk and write
- Do something productive
- Ask for help
- Analyze what is under the feeling
- Right size the facts to what they are in only the moment (day) I am in
- Make a gratitude list
This is mine:
I’m relatively healthy despite having two neurological conditions. I have hope because of the healing that I am receiving from the Wahls Protocol. I live alone, but I am not alone. I have two children who love and care about me. They stay in touch despite their very busy lives. I belong to and am involved in a fellowship which actively helps others. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, healthy food to eat and all my bills are paid. I have a little debt, something in this culture that could be infinitely worse than what I have. I like this quote, “I have all the money I need provided I die at 12 midnight tonight”. I have a cat who greets me at the door like a dog and is a good companion. I mean, come’on, this is not a life to be depressed about. Tomorrow I will exercise and when I do, I am going to feel like a million bucks, I always do.
Tomorrow, I will talk about how I got kicked out of Ketosis testing the limits. Therefore, I am done testing limits.
That includes your mental health too
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