The Winds of Change

Early last week I wrote about “Blowing Away The Clouds of Depression“, in which I was truthful and honest about feeling cloudy, grey and unmotivated.  (If you missed it, you may want to go read it because I strongly believe its one of my better posts). 

I don’t want to wallow in the feelings and emotions I’ve been feeling lately.  I don’t want to wallow in what caused these feelings either.  Maybe I’m burnt out, maybe I’m truly depressed (is there a difference)?  Maybe I’m disappointed with the direction my career is going?  Who knows and really – does it matter?

Instead I want to generate some winds of change – winds that can blow away the clouds of depression.  I’ve begun making a conscious choice to do things that will make me feel better and for that I’m heading back to the basics:

  • Eating better
  • Sleeping more
  • Getting more exercise

I’ve written about the mind/body connection in some previous posts, notably my post titled: Postpartum Depression and Running: The Mind/Body Connection.  I have a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, so I truly believe that a connection exists between our mind and body. Which is why I feel its important for me to address the basics before seeing a Dr (who will probably advise me to do exactly what I’m doing).

This week I’ve begun to make a conscious effort to eat better (less fast food), and more frequently (no skipping meals).  I’m also trying to skip the coffee and drink more water.  It’s long been documented that kids that skip breakfast perform poorly at school – so why should it be different for adults?  Maybe we need an adult breakfast club at our places of employment?  (That’s probably a whole ‘nother post idea).  So I’ve eaten breakfast everyday this week, brought my lunch, and opted for healthy dinners instead of fast food – I feel a lot better.

I’ve also begun to try to go to bed earlier – turn my computer off before 11 and force myself to bed, even though there’s one more blog I want to read, one more site I heard about that I NEED to check out… 

I’ve also begun to exercise – run more and do more “fun” things.  Whether depression causes low serotonin levels, or whether depression causes people to avoid “fun” things that lead to serotonin release is unknown. However, it is well known that people with depression have low serotonin levels.  It is also a scientific fact that exercise releases serotonin – “the feel good” neurotransmitter in our brains.  Hence the term “Runner’s High”.  Getting enough sleep also helps with sertonin regulation (another factor in my choice to get enough sleep).

This week I feel much better – much more engaged with my kids.  Yay – food! Yay – sleep!  Yay – exercise!

I also have some great news to share with you – but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what it is!  Tee hee….

7 thoughts on “The Winds of Change

  1. Yep, sounds like a good plan. I may have to join you. Okay, the good news? I’m waiting….. **Taps foot impatiently**

    Oh, and yeah that was a GREAT post. **Pats you on back, while tapping foot ** :) (Boy, I am losing it tonight)

  2. I don’t exercise but do eat healthy most of the time and I get lots of sleep – I average about 6 – 7 hours per night. But, I really should exercise to drop some weight and get rid of this middle age bulge I’m sporting.

    As for the good news – I know what it is!

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  3. I’m not depressed but I don’t have a lot of energy so I’ve been trying to do the same things as you. Getting enough sleep is the hardest part for me (even though it should be the easiest). I’m a night owl and love being alone at night and there are always so many things to read.

    I’m glad you found something that is working for you and that you can hopefully avoid having to take anti-depressants (although they are necessary in some cases)

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  4. hi Janice,
    1. I love the picture you selected for this post, and the post title. The picture “blew me away” (pun intended).
    2. Exercise is awesome… I should do more of it. :)
    3. Can’t wait to hear the “good news”.
    ~ Steve, the trade show guru

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