Saturday, September 10, 2016

current challenges -- day 1: 10 day freedom plan blog challenge

current challenges
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1

My biggest challenges right now are probably physical and mental health. Physical health includes physical fitness, general health issues, and hygiene combined. Mentally, while I'm no longer extremely depressed very often, I'm still pretty darn apathetic about everything. I just don't care enough about very much to stay with plans or work on projects longer than a good beginning.

I've studied enough and understand clearly the two are related. I know that if I really get into a good active lifestyle, I'll find myself automatically and naturally becoming intensely curious and consistently devising and working through projects. I also know that if I can get through the apathy fog, I will automatically and naturally become more active and healthy physically.

It's clearly a chicken and egg sort of thing. I've tried working on bits and pieces of mental health and physical health... not much luck. Then I realized I could work on just one. Next I decided that physical health goals are much more easily defined and measured. Progress is undeniable. Even when I'm the most depressed, I can see that I'm walking more, fitting into smaller clothes, and so on. Mental and emotional goals are harder to measure. They are deniable under depression's dark view of things.

So recently, I started focusing on just my physical health. I started with movement. I counted steps and active time throughout each day. After just a few months, I can report it's clearly working! If I look back and see myself progressing in storytelling and other projects, I'm finding that was also when I had been most consistently active physically, as well. It's going to be a long process, but I think I'm finally heading down a good path!

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