The news is full of difficulty these days, and it’s unlikely to become easier in the very near future.
In good times and in bad times, my first priority is my recovery. In difficult times, I must concentrate on the steps I take to maintain my stability.
- I take my meds as prescribed, because they work for me.
- I have increased the frequency of my visits to my therapist to weekly. Talking to my therapist is a valuable tool for me to use to keep my mind clear.
- My meditation has become more important than ever. I use it to clear negativity, and I meditate multiple times each day.
- I exercise. I speed walk 2.5 miles a minimum of 3 times each week. I am convinced exercise helps me stay stable.
- I eat food that is good for me. A year ago, I drastically cut the amount of processed sugar I eat on a daily basis. It has made a wonderful change in my mood, and I’ve lost 45 pounds (20 kg). I eat a lot of vegetables.
- Finally, I do my best to get good sleep. It’s the only time my whole body is shut down in order to refresh itself.
When the news is full of difficulty, my most important response is to maintain my own recovery. I cannot be an effective advocate for my mental health peers if I’m out of sorts. I am my #1 priority.