Photo: Andy Stafford
Cattywampus. That would be me right now. I always qualify that the practices that keep me balanced may seem like a lot to others, but they are the nuts and bolts that hold me together amid the turbulence of single motherhood, special needs parenting and All the Rest of Life.
And they are: journaling, a gratitude practice, daily affirmations, exercise, yoga, meditation, healthy supportive relationships, whole food nutrition and a belief in A Divine Universal Energy.
As always, I can see it coming when I eschew these, as I did during my overseas vacation and the weeks since. And here I am, emotionally and physically escalating toward an anxiety attack. Well, I was until I cracked upon the tool box this morning and emptied its contents.
There's some emotional turbulence in my life now and a lot is related to our topsy turvy economy and my plans to get married. I've not handled it well until I got it together this morning and pulled out the tools that I know help build a healthy me. Affirmations. Check. Gratitude list. Check. Yoga. Check. Healthy breakfast. Check. Calling on Spirit. Check. Doubling up on 5HTP, my natural serotonin supplement until I get through this. Check. And, IGBOK. My mantra: It's Going to be Okay. Check.
Whew! Feeling better now. Back on the emotional mend. I can do this....Check.
This post was written on Monday. Published on Wednesday. This wasn't a flighty blog post...I am back on stable emotional ground, braced against the turbulence.