Monday, 21 September 2015

A World Outside My Window: Change

Yesterday was such a lovely day here that we decided to make a day trip to our trailer. I had pretty much mentally checked out of the camp for the season but the kids wanted to have a chance to see their friends and in the case of my son, get in one more ladder ball
tournament. When we arrived I was surprised to see that the two trailers beside mine had been moved. For the first time I could see all the way down my side of the street. The wonderful woman across from me was not there to visit with and one of the neighbours from behind us told me that the elderly man across the road had fallen at his apartment and crushed his skull. He will not be returning to the camp, he will be going to a nursing home. It really made me step back and look at how fast our lives can change. How fast the things that we just take for granted are suddenly altered in ways we never would have guessed. Some of the changes will be for the better I am sure, but the uncertainty of what the new normal will be is also anxiety provoking. Then I looked at my children, off playing ladderball with the other campers, playing in the park and riding bikes past me so fast they were a blur and I realized that they are changing too. They are growing up so fast. I have spent the last 17 years of my life chasing little ones all over the place and suddenly they are all independent little people. The thoughts of what changes that will create for me is a bit unsettling too.....but for the first time in a long time I think that I am ready to look ahead with hope rather that believing the change will be bad. I hope that the changes in your life bring you hope and courage. My thoughts and prayers are with you, today and always.

Monday, 14 September 2015

A World Outside My Window: Back Home and Ready to Focus

What a summer. It reminds me why I like to stay in my own little bubble. I am home from camping now. The children have returned to school. The dog and I are quite ready to slide back into our fall routine. This fall however I have big plans for our little blog here. With the help of some friends that are each brilliant in their fields I want to cover various strategies to overcome depression and anxiety. I know we did this once by looking at various activities, this time I am thinking of a more holistic approach.

From talking to members of the various forums I am involved with it seems that many people are having adjustments made to their medications that they are finding is really improving their quality of life. I am hoping to get some of those people to do a guest appearance via google hangouts to tell us what seems to be working. (Not the easiest task for folks with social anxiety).

As the sunshine lessens we need to be prepared for the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Their are things that we can make sure we add to our diet, as well as special lighting that we can use in our homes. The trick is to not let the depression get a foothold. A good group of supporters is a huge asset.

So here we go, that's my plan for the fall. Be sure to follow the blog and like the FB page to keep up with all the interesting stuff we are working on this fall. Now get out there and soak up those last few rays of sunshine. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.