Does your body ever manifest your mental health into physical symptoms?
This week, the symptoms were extreme exhaustion, and my eyes being itchy and watery all week. (ok, the eyes was probably just allergies.)
My mental state has been on a slippery slope for a while now, and I finally decided to address it this week.
I added a daily meditation and some yoga to my morning routine in an effort to calm my mind and move my body.
I took care of some wants I had been putting off like buying a new blanket for my bed. (I didn’t have a good summer blanket)
I got my hair done, that always makes me feel better.
I tried to get extra sleep, but that is always a challenge for me. I managed, and I consider that a success.
And I did a couple of good cry sessions this week. Because sometimes what you really need is a good cry. I slept really good on those nights.
I woke up this morning feeling positive for the first time in weeks. The exhaustion is lessening, I can feel it letting go.
And I don’t know if any of the small steps I took this week helped. Or if it was larger steps like visiting friends that helped. Or even just reasoning through problems while I drove places in the car. (I talk to myself a lot in the car)
What I do know is that I am on the upswing again. It feels good.
I also know that everyone’s life is different, and my small steps are not going to be the same as your small steps. But I want you to know one thing, what you are feeling today will change tomorrow. Our ability to recognize our feelings and understand them helps us in the world. Because once you understand the feeling, you can move to keep it or change it. You will know how to increase the good feelings and how to survive bad feelings. And this understanding helps us thrive.
So this week, I wish you a clearer understanding of your feelings.
I will be working on my feelings, one small step at a time.