Certainly wellness includes emotional health but our emotional coping strategies are often in conflict with our physical wellness needs. Anyone else eat the wrong things or too much when stressed? Well I do and my weight gain this past week shows it. "Movement" in the wrong direction!
On the other hand I know I have to be kind to myself when in a stressful situation. Early last week was dealing with the rapid decline of our dog and then her death and the sadness afterwards. Carbs in too large a quantity called my name.
I decided to take advantage of our very warm weather and took walk first thing in the morning starting the day after my dog died. It is a good stress reliever. Friday, although I was feeling even sadder, I took my morning walk and ran into someone I like who I hadn’t seen in a long time. We chatted for quite a while and other people stopped to talk too. I got to pet a few dogs.
Also on Friday Hubby and I went to a small art gallery here and saw some interesting and amazing art which was very enjoyable. We were the only ones in the gallery. While there I picked up the form to join the organization which I have been meaning to do for a long time. Then we walked down to Mr. Frosty for swirl cones.
Saturday we drove quite a way to Hubby’s elderly aunt’s assisted living facility and had lunch outside so we could visit safely. We hadn’t seen her in quite a while and she is a gem so that was lovely too.
The other uplifting thing that happened was that we were able to donate our dog’s prescription food and doggie diapers to the animal shelter and some other supplies to a cousin on a limited budget. Too soon to even contemplate whether or not we want to get another dog, but the easily replaceable or illness specific items can go to new homes where they can be used and appreciated.
So this past week was a fail for physical wellness, but the focus on emotional well being paid off in less stress. I hope everyone is also being kind to themselves whether they are having a great week or a difficult one.