Tag: anxiety

Music Therapy

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last week or so. I know it has to do with the four-year anniversary of living in Arizona, combined with the slow, ever-so-slow progress (lack of progress?) on the job hunting front (I really thought we’d be moved by now!). The government shutdown and concerns about Bill’s job also factor into it. Yes, he is working, and for that I am grateful, but who knows what will happen in the next week or two? All together, those have kicked up my anxiety a bit, enough so that I’ve started taking Reloraagain. Throw in the fact that the days are cooler, nights are cooler, winter is just around the corner (and the holidays!), and this month marks one full year since I’ve seen Miss Munchkin and I am just plain grumpy.

So, this morning I’m doing some music therapy. I’ve got Carpenters Gold (CD)playing, since I need something to sing along to. Music always helps improve my mood (or augment it, as the case may be), but singing will help pull me out of funk and it is something I have been trying to do more of. My standing desk is helping me some, since I also find myself bouncing and dancing to the music while standing at the computer.

On the plus side, I am keeping busy, even through the anxiety and grumpiness. I have made great progress on my Granny Hexagon afghan/bedspread and I should be posting a picture of the finished project by the end of the week. I am still not tired of the project, which is sort of amazing, since it is practically the only thing I have worked on (crocheting) since the last week of August. It will be a good thing to get it finished, though, because I really do need to work on some other upcoming gift items. And I need to get back to finishing my skirt featured on last Friday’s Just A Moment.

I have also been cooking a good bit, trying some new vegan and vegetarian dishes, since I have David here to help me eat them. My Quicken is almost up to date, or rather it was up to date two weeks ago, and some accounts are current now, but I do need to work on the major bank account/checkbook this week and get that caught up. And I’ve also been working diligently on updating content, link checking and other housekeeping with my LeapingFromTheBox.com website.

Maybe I’ll take a walk outside this noon and take my camera with me, although the way the wind is blowing, it might be a short walk! If I do, I’ll find something cool to snap a picture of and post here tomorrow.

2013 Resolutions

Some years I make resolutions and some I don’t. This past year I had better luck with monthly resolutions, or rather a specific focus for a month.

For 2013 I have decided to make just one resolution.

I will walk daily.

That’s it. Simple, right? No specifics. No time lengths. Just walk.

Actually, the intention is to walk outdoors, but that is not going to always be possible. So any walk will fulfill the resolution. Any place. Any duration.

So far, by January 8th, I have walked six out of eight days. Not too bad, as resolutions go. And one of those days I got in two walks! Even better!

The main goal for walking is to feel healthier. Weight loss, if that should occur, would be a wonderful side benefit. Mostly, though, I know that walking will help manage the anxiety issues that have cropped up this past year. I know I am calmer when I get outside in the fresh air and sunshine and reconnect with nature. That’s not to say that there is a lot of nature to be found just outside my door, which is where I normally end up walking, but even here in suburbia, nature can be found, as evidenced by these pictures I took during yesterday’s walk.

New Growth

new growth on a cactus

new growth on a cactus

new growth on an evergreen tree

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

Just a Moment – 9

Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.} My thanks to Life with Nin for inspiring {just a moment}.

This was supposed to go up on Friday, but I forgot to queue it up and just left it in drafts. It was one of those weeks. And this is truly how I spent the week, reading business start-up books and crocheting bibs for Liana Rose. Oh, and getting some much needed medication for anxiety. This new week already looks better.