Huge storm yesterday afternoon and because of this dude I still do not have power. Tons of people without power in my area and because I live in the country (outage affects less people and is further away from the electric company) it’s not top priority.
I’m thankful I’m surrounded by family so having somewhere else to go last night wasn’t a huge deal. My granny even made me a full southern breakfast before church this morning and man did I feel like a spoiled 10 year old again.
On the downside I have a shit ton of stuff to do today. Sunday is my “get ready for the rest of the week” day. Basic cleaning, grocery shopping, clean out/organize pantry/fridge/freezer, meal prep for the daycare kids, detailed cleaning (wash nap bedding, disinfect toys, change out toys, etc.), etc.
Basically Sunday is the one day a week that I feel like I have all my shit together. I can’t even imagine tackling my work week without having this day to prepare.
Good morning, all! I’m a little recharged. Y’know, I’m really happy I journaled last night. I feel like I averted a complete panic attack. Talked with my sister more, which always helps. We’re in this together. My fiance is working from home today. Man, as much as we really love the Subaru, stuff keeps happening to it. A pebble hit our windshield so now we’re waiting on Safelite.
Steps: I’ve been keeping up with the gym for a few weeks now, but I think I need to keep my steps between 10,000-15,000. Now, I’ve been getting between 20,000-25,000 very often lately and I know you’re thinking, “Why on Earth move less?” I simply do not rest enough and I seem to eat much more appropriately for an activity level around 10,000-15,000 steps and what I do at the gym that morning.
Squats: I’ve decided since last month was all about doing push ups, I’m going to take it upon myself to do squats this month. So, 100 squats every day in April. I’ll probably still do push ups on my upper body days. They’ve sort of just fallen into that routine and that’s awesome because I actually saw results!
My Monthly Workout Challenge: I am so excited to get started with this. I don’t even know what team I’m on yet, but I’m so ready!
Bits and Bobs
Migraines: They were much better this weekend. The weather really improved, which is the bulk of it. I felt like I was coming down with one last night because I was so emotional (it’s stupid how easy it is to trigger one sometimes) but I sat in a really dark room for a while and it called down. I’m becoming better at identifying triggers and my more subtle prodrome cues. It’s easy to tell when you have an aura, y’know? It’s not so easy to connect every little dull ache, tingle, or mood swing to prodrome, though.
Results of Push Up Challenge: I didn’t take any pictures, and the results are only really palpable because of my skin, anyway. I’m actually really happy with the result after one month. It’s made more progress on my triceps than most things have all year, so I’m going to keep doing them regularly!
Things That Make Me Smile
It would have been easy to convince myself to eat a lot of stupid things yesterday, but I sat down and wrote down everything I was thinking and feeling. That’s what that post yesterday was all for and about. I really recommend that anytime you’re feeling strong emotions to write something down, even if it’s a few sentences. At the end of the day, the “streak” is just a number but I’m really proud of that ‘24′ this morning.
Part 2 .
I’m no chef, and I hate cooking… but I cook because I have to. While I’m in the kitchen, why not make it enjoyable and fun. These are just some of my dishes I made, it’s way more on my instagram. I try to use cooking as a stress reliever and it works.
Summary: Black and white was all anyone saw until they touched their soulmate. For some people, color quickly rushed into world and for others, all they ever saw was black and white. Two businessmen, who absolutely hated each other, managed to bump into each other on their way up to their office. Little did either know that their world would erupt in a staccato of color.
Warning: mentions of death, mentions of depression, cussing(?)
This has not been the greatest food week with so much work stress (I’m starting to contemplate if all this stress is worth it), but I’m excited because I bought a new water bottle tonight just for crystal light drinks to help me cut back on my soda intake at work! Hope this helps!
Stress-eating (emotional eating when you’re not really hungry or your body doesn’t really need any more calories) is a very common issue for people coping with anxiety and/or depression. Even in sub-clinical cases (where the difficulties with anxiety/depression is mild or transient) stress-eating can be a significant irritant and source of concern. There’s no quick-fix for this difficulty, but there are some easy practices that quite often can act to reduce troubles with stress-eating.
In terms of structural neurology, hunger and appetite appear to be mitigated by way of the amygdala, the hippocampus, the insula, and the orbitofrontal cortex. Unfortunately, these same structural components are also heavily involved in experience of emotion. And this may have much to do with how eating habits can be so often affected by feeling depressed and/or anxious.
Put simply, feeling especially sad or worried accidentally tricks the brain into thinking that the body is hungry. The involuntary aspects of our neurology are very susceptible to being tricked… and we can use that to our advantage. So, how do we trick our minds into thinking we are no longer hungry? Of course the best (and most annoying) answer is to eat healthy and get lots of exercise. Exercise gets the body to have a full parasympathetic reaction (an effective modulation of fight/flight stress). But lets face it, getting lots of exercise can be pretty difficult when one is feeling depressed and/or anxious. Suggesting that a patient get more exercise almost always earns me the ‘Donna face’ - that look from the patient that sarcastically says, ‘oh thank you for suggesting something that is completely and entirely unhelpful.’
There are, however, easier things you can do that tricks your body into feeling its had exercise… Here’s the easiest one: tense up the muscles in your arms and legs. Curl your arms up into your chest constricting the muscles as hard as you can.
Meanwhile, stretch your legs out, pointing your toes. Hold this constricted pose for a count of ten.
Then relax your muscles for another count of ten. Repeat three times and then let your body fully relax, taking deep breaths in through the nose and out through your mouth.
Doing this automatically causes a release of various hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with an effective reaction to stress. It sort of completes a circuit that says to the involuntary parts of your brain that a fight-or-flight stress was encountered and effectively dealt with. In turn, a secondary wave of hormones are released that helps the body to feel relaxed. In other words, you can receive the neurological benefits of exercising without actually exercising. This process basically ‘chills out’ the amygdala, hippocampus, insula, and the orbitofrontal cortex. Which in turn, reduces appetite and switches off that insatiable hunger. Practicing this shortly after eating breakfast, lunch or dinner will even further enhance its effectiveness in terms of curbing your appetite.
Yahaba who stress eats really bad and Watari who know he's made himself sick by afternoon practice???
Watari knows the minute he sees Yahaba across the courtyard that something is wrong with the other boy. Dark circles ring his eyes, and his normally neatly swept hair is mussed with what appears to be a sleepless night. He’s leant over a textbook, large bag of chips on the table beside him. Oh no…
He watches as Yahaba alternates between writing and eating, constantly moving, barely even taking time to breathe. Glancing down, Watari can already see a gentle swell to Yahaba’s stomach, no doubt the product of his overindulgences. This was very, very not good.
Yahaba was notoriously bad at handling stress, as most of the team can attest to. He usually resorts to eating his feelings, and Watari is usually the one left to clean up the mess. So, this was nothing new, but still.