I can feel my mood shifting ever so slightly everyday- on a decline.
Winter and I have never gotten along very well. My joints ache, my asthma flares, I'm even more fatigued. Depression creeps in and I end up being hospitalised every Autumn or Winter in an acute depressive episode.
I want to break this cycle, though I'm not sure how. I have so many skills in my back pocket from years of therapy and it's never quite enough.
My mantra in the past has been: be gentle with yourself. But I need to be a tough loving mama to myself instead. I'm making myself exercise, eat, get sun, take supplements. engaging with friends. Taking moments to hold my plants. Snuggling my cats. Rubbing one out mindfully. Enjoying something decedant for breakfast when I feel like it. Sitting in the quiet and praying, connecting with the earth and my loved ones beyond this realm. Taking that time to put my phone away and study for the afternoon, boppin to fresh tunes. Finding those moments to check in and hold myself close.
Keeping on top of the delicate balance of pushing, resting and treading water. Its tedious and tiring and honestly I just want to let loose. Go on a holiday somewhere warm and skinny dip in the evenings, drunk on peach and lavender sunsets.
Check in with yourselves, with those around you. So many of us decline at this time of year. Be gentle. Be a tough mama. Hold yourself close.
We tend to think of healing as a physical process; like when you cut yourself and the wound takes time to “heal”.
But healing is also a process that goes on beyond our physical bodies. The problem is, western medicine rarely addresses the non-physical aspects of healing. Even Psychiatry, the area of medicine I work in, and the one most associated with the mind, still doesn’t take a particularly holistic approach. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The holistic view of healing teaches that we are more than just the physical body and that emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and spirituality play an essential role in healing.
Recently an important new field called psychoneuroimmunology has emerged. It explores the links between the mind, the brain, and the immune system and how they communicate with each other. Research in this area suggests:
1. Mind-directed chemicals communicate directly with the immune system.
2. Mental attitude [and mood] can alter the course of disease.
3. The mind can direct physiological changes in the body.
4. Stress-related hormones weaken the immune system.
5. Chemicals made by the immune system communicate with the brain.
6. The brain talks to the immune system, and the immune system talks to the brain.
Supporting the body’s innate healing capacity involves addressing emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
Accepting our feelings, letting go of resentment, moving past limiting beliefs, tapping into our intuition - all this work increases our capacity for healing. MIND-BODY-SOUL HEALING ✨🙏🏼
When you can’t sleep...cut fabric into tiny pieces. .
I’ve been having so much trouble getting any sleep lately. I’m exhausted all the time but the sleep I get isn’t restful. There’s so many things up in the air in my life right now be it work or health or family or relationships. I need an off switch for a minute.
I forgot to post quilt updates! I'm going to add a border and then the top will be done. I know some of the squares dont line up perfectly 🤷♀️ but, honestly I don't mind! It is my first quilt, and I have allowed myself to make mistakes. I have learned a lot and I bet the next one will line up just right 🤪