Sometime in the last month I decided I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am going to do everything I can to optimize my lifestyle: get better sleep, eat healthier food, and start getting some exercise. All three of these lifestyle changes will hopefully help with my depression as well as help me get in shape.
There are a few problems with following through with my promises to myself. For one, my husband is working halfway across the country. I have a hard enough time sleeping when he is here, it will be even more of a struggle with him away. Last night I figured out that if I place a pillow in bed where he sleeps I feel more secure and sleep more soundly.
I am also dealing with a change in medication, which has brought with it some unpleasant side effects. I'm hoping as my body adjusts to the medication the side effects will lessen and possibly go away. Sadly, one of the side effects is excessive lack of energy, which makes wanting to work out a struggle. At least drinking lots of water won't be a problem, I am sweating so much I am always dehydrated. (Sorry that was probably an over share).
The third problem is that my arthritis has flared up and I am in increasingly debilitating levels of pain. My pain medication doesn't seem to be keeping up with it. This is another detriment to trying to work out. I did some light stretching on Monday and am going to try some Yoga today.
I have decided to do what I can and let the rest sort itself out. If I need to rest more, nap more and soak in Epsom salts baths every night, then so be it. I can already tell that the change I. Eating habits have made a difference and it has been a little over a week that I have been eating clean.
I have to remember that the longest journey in the world begins one step at a time. And in my case it begins right after my next nap. I promise.