He also recommended daily exercise, which I've been doing pretty well with so far. For the past while I've only exercised maybe once or twice a week, but so far I've gone on the treadmill 5 times in the last 6 days. Hopefully I can keep this up. I've made it a priority to do it first thing after dropping off Annika at school (she goes 3 afternoons a week) and putting Emmett down for his nap, and it feels good. I feel good. I love the feeling of running - where you just have to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Just keep going. Don't worry about anything else - no fancy moves or tricky exercises - just simply move your feet. And I think the exercise is good for my head - my mood, my stress levels - as well as my body. :) I'm also trying to avoid caffeine and alcohol (not too hard), as well as limit the amount of sugar I eat (which is really hard - I have a major sweet tooth!).
Anyway, just wanted to give a little update with where I'm at, as well as share with you a few blessings and things to be thankful for that I've discovered during this difficult time:
- God-given strength to get through the days that I didn't think I could manage - "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
- Health - the kids have been taking turns being sick and I thought for sure I would also get sick since I'm not getting the rest I normally would, but I've managed to avoid it (so far... knock on wood...)
- Help and support from family and friends - this has been a BIGGIE. I couldn't have done it on my own.
- Access to doctors and counselors and medications to help me physically and emotionally.
- A husband who is a deep sleeper - I'm sure I've disturbed him to some degree with my tossing and turning and getting up, but I think overall he's still been sleeping okay.
- The promise of rest - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)