Posts Tagged With: mental health

Walk It Off!

Whenever my mind feels a bit too full and in need of a break, there’s always one thing that helps it to calm down and get things sorted a little. That one thing is going for a walk.

Lately (as you guys know) my mind has been a bit all over the place, and at times it felt like it was just spread as thin as it could possibly get. I knew it was time to do something about that. Needed to get back into the good routines that I used to have. Or maybe it was just time for some new ones.

Then I had a thought. The place where I’m working now is one that I always take public transportation to and from. First I take the subway, and then I change over to a bus. It takes me about 30 minutes from the moment I walk out the door, depending on the traffic. But how long would it take me to walk?

So I sat down and started looking at different routes recommended by Google Maps, and found that it didn’t look so bad. I hadn’t really decided that I was going to actually do this until the morning on my birthday (two days ago) when I got up at 5 am and started my day off with 20 minutes of meditation. Just to get such a good start to the day made me highly motivated to try to make more out of the day, and I decided to take the walk.

The 8 km walk (5 miles) took me about an hour and a half, and it felt so good! My mind felt so much calmer and clearer by the time I got to work, and I held a steady pace for the whole walk, so it counts as a bit of good exercise as well! My best friend Kirsti picked me up after work for our Birthday Pyjama Date, so I didn’t walk home that day. Wednesday I had a day off work, but today however I thought it was time to do the walk both to and from, and I did!

Now I’m not saying that walking fixes everything. My brain is constantly filled with way too much that goes on at the same time, but the walking helps me to sort it. To be able to be on the move, and at one with my thoughts, it just makes it so much easier to see the difference between the important thoughts and the unnecessary ones. To differ between voices and noise.

I don’t think that I will be walking to and from work every day, but from now on, I will definitely do it more often.

There’s something so very therapeutic about going for a walk, and I sure as hell needed it! Most of us could, from time to time.

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I Was Thinking….. Never Assume!

Lately I’ve been having a lot of stuff on my mind and it feels about time to get them out there. So the “I Was Thinking..” posts will appear from now on and whenever I feel like getting something off my chest.

Never ASSUME! Then you make an ASS out of U and ME!

I’m so tired! The past nine months I’ve been struggling with my right arm and shoulder, making it impossible to work at my day to day job. I’ve seen several experts and doctors. Taken several treatments that showed little to no improvement. But there is one thing that they’ve all agreed on is that the pain I’ve been struggling with is real and it will not get better by itself.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been getting a new evaluation at a polyclinic that I’ve never been to before. And finally I feel like they’ve found the problem and now they’re working on a plan to get me better. What I have (in addition to the tendonitis)  is an unbalanced shoulder. This means that my right shoulder because of tension and the tendonitis has been pushed forward. When I move my shoulder or am tense, the shoulder bone squeezes my nerves and blood vessels. This makes the brain cut off some of the messages that helps me balance my arm and makes it hard to work with it.

Well.. I don’t want to make this into a medical journal, but the thing is that the past months have really taught me a lot about myself and mostly about how people talk and gossip when one has a disease that can’t be seen.

To have people around you that thought were better than that does something to you. It can really bring you down and make you question so much.

It’s been an eye opener and quite a shock to hear how insensitive people can be and how easily they make assumptions about things they know nothing about. It’s so easy for people to point their fingers and have an idea of what you’re going through when really, they don’t have a clue.

For instance, did you know that 1 out of 15 people (in Europe) suffers from major depression? And if you include anxiety and all kinds of depression this number increases to 4 out of 15! (source: WHO report)

Now look at your list of Facebook friends! Doing the  math with these statics it shows that so many as 30 of my friends could have a major depression and up to 120 if we include all kinds of depression and anxiety.

Now, think back to how many times you’ve asked someone how they’re doing and they’ve answered fine, but you had a feeling that wasn’t the most truthful answer. We’ve all been there and we’ve all settled with the answer and decided that it was none of our business. Then you maybe mention it to another friend of the both of you that something feels a bit off and suddenly before you know it the ball is rolling and getting out of control.

“Are you okay?”

You know what? It’s okay to answer no to that question. It could potentially be a bit awkward because we are so used to the everyday politeness, but it sure is refreshing to say it like it is.

And I beg of you! Stop assuming what other people are feeling at any given moment. Take the time to look them in the eye and ask them one more time if they are really okay and if there’s something that they would like to talk about.

The answer might surprise you.


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