Jut a little update on how I am feeling lately. I have been applying some of my coping skills: getting some exercise, meditation, I have only had caffeine ONE day, I have been trying to stick to a bedtime schedule and getting out into the sunshine as often as possible.
I am feeling better. Last night I actually slept for 6 hours without waking up at 2 am! Talk about refreshing. I have been walking twice a day with my friend Neicy, killing two birds with one stone (exercise AND sunshine). I have noticed more patience with Son from my better attitude and I was able to concentrate on my reading much better this weekend.
Thank you SO much for your support and tips. I know that I am strong enough to succeed and I am not afraid to ask for professional help. I also am not afraid to take meds if necessary. When I was in therapy before, I was on meds and told my therapist that I wanted to get better enough to cope with life without meds. I worked hard with her to learn my coping skills to get off the meds. That is one reason it was so important for me to catch this early, so I didn't let my mood get bad enough to need meds.
So, I know that I still need to concentrate on applying my skills to continue to improve my mood. But after just one week, I am feeling better. So for the next week, I will continue with what I have been doing and know that I will continue to improve.
On another nutty note: I am still planning to go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on Super Bowl Sunday with Son and Neicy! We are still asking for donations to benefit the Special Olympics of Delaware! Leave me a comment if you are interested in donating.