This chapter is totally in my wheelhouse-it almost feels like cheating to get to focus on it! Don’t be too surprised if you see the next chapter of my experiment too, alongside this, since physical health is a huge focus of my life on the daily anyway.
I’ve discovered that my physical well being and mental health are inextricably linked, that a workout is like a hit of Prozac-usually-and that tired turns into crazed with anxiety fairly easily. Add PMS/PMDD to the mix, keeping in mind that because of my PCOS, PMS can last *weeks*, and it’s quite a handful to manage. So, yes, I must take care of my health, mental and physical, and the two are one.
Personally, I find a ramp-up to a pace I can maintain serves me best and allows me to multiply my “spoons” (daily energy resources) over time. I build, slowly and carefully, (since overtired equals crazy and miserable) and push, while protecting recovery carefully, and when I get to the level of physical activity I want to be at, I can then increase intensity in specific areas, and the increased energy I get allows me to manage other areas of life better, like housework, getting the kids out to the park, etc. As my mental health improves, I hope to overcome some big obstacles, but for now I’m focusing on what’s in front of me, right?
-workout is job 1 each day
-rest and recovery are equally important.
-keep the day rolling as routine is built, rather than letting surprises derail the day.
-be kind to myself with expectations.