I did a lot of meditating this weekend

So this weekend I did a few guided meditations and it was really fantastic. I have been out of practice for several weeks but I had some opportunities this weekend when the house was quiet, there were no commitments or pressing matters and so I made the time to do it. I’ve written before on […]

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The Road Ahead

So last month marked two years since my suicide attempt. Two years of avoiding alcohol, of taking medication, going to therapy and trying to remind myself that I’m good enough to keep sticking around. Some days are certainly easier than others and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t troubled or tempted or tested […]

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Geese on the lake

I needed to get out and do something active yesterday, because I was in danger of spending the weekend just sitting around the house, which is one of the easiest ways to set myself up for a recurrence of my depression. Getting outside and taking a long walk around the village is one of the best ways […]

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Breaking Down New Year’s Resolutions

Blogger and friend Mandy Learo (OK Namaste) writes a column for one of the local papers here, and I really like what she has to say in her latest one about New Year’s Resolutions and applying a yoga tradition called sankalpa. Read the whole thing here, but for me this is the key takeaway: … A sankalpa […]

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Wearable Tech for Mood? Meet Spire

I’m a member of a peer group on Facebook for folks with depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc. and someone posted a link to Spire, a piece of wearable tech not unlike a FitBit or even a pedometer, that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth (my understanding is it’s not yet available for Android). It tracks your […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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Come Monday, it’ll be alright…

Put the boat in tonight, went for a little spin. Summer is here… One of my favorite ways to relax, relieve my anxiety and practice mindfulness. Oh, yeah, I’m now on Instagram, so if you’d like to follow me there I post a lot of lake pictures and a lot of Bogey stuff.

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An update on my weekend checklist and how we treat mental health

Well that went well. I was able to do pretty much everything on the checklist (though the walk ended up being replaced by some other exercise. Plus walking/pushing the lawnmower…) and I feel great. One of the things I’m really pleased with is that I spent so much time outside. After this awful winter we […]

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Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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I had a panic attack today

  Not much to say about it. I’m feeling better now, out smoking a cigar. It was over a work issue that I don’t want to get into too much detail about here. Or that’s what triggered it. My anxiety issues run pretty deep, and even though I’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in managing […]

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