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Seven days of sanity. Saturday April 8, 2017

Trying to keep myself active when I'm feeling low is a battle, but I have a mantra in my head 'It's a walk, not a sprint' and I remember that every little helps. If I can build some exercise into my daily routine, whether it's an organised event or class or a meet up with a friend, I get up in the morning that little bit easier. These are some of the activities that give me 'Seven Days of Sanity':

• Go for a run
• Play tennis
• Take a walk
• Join an exercise class
• Do yoga
• Try a bike ride
• Dive in for a swim
• Trainers on. Don't hide under the covers. Don't stay in.
• Breath the fresh air, feel your lungs expanding, fire the endorphins.
• Do it with a friend, join a group, find your 'we'.
• Clear the mind, fight the noise and distract your thoughts.
• Aim for steps, burn the calories, take deep breaths.
• Feel the weather, smell the sweat, hear the beat of a different tune.
• Relax, no fight or flight.

You'll get there soon.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Sally Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 7:43am

Such wise words. Thank you, you have helped me decide to carry on.

Dragonfly Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 10:41pm

Hi Sally is any activity that Lizzie suggested particularly helpful to you at the moment?

LP Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 9:08am

I got a fitness tracker to wear on my wrist and one each for my parents.
At the moment I'm not doing any sports, classes swimming or bike riding and I've never enjoyed running, so the one thing that is always possible is walking. Just wearing the band motivates me to be more active and clock up a few more steps. Encouraging my parents also motivates me. Perhaps company would help even more! Thanks for an insiring blog!
Well wishes and good energy to all :) LP xx

The Gardener Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 1:29pm

A daunting blog - do we do them all at once? Sounds like training for the Olympic pentathlon. Two grandchildren do triathlons for charity. But oh, the frustration. I am 'free' to choose what I do - you can imaging how welcome that is - now I find I am physically and emotionally exhausted by the last nerve-wracking weeks and only really want to knit, sleep and watch DVD. A real couch potato - and the weather's brilliant. My 'to do' list does not contain the above - but I had to paint, up and down ladders which I do not usually do in the house on my own. Trim box hedges, 40 metres of electric hose is seriously heavy and gets caught round steps, plants and pots - much untangling and swearing. Lawn to mow in 'new' garden - solved the flex problem - live it out, wound up, with the plugs under a dustbin. Shampoo carpets? Wait till the sun goes in. Or, much more sensible, mow the lawn, get a good book and a comfortable chair and sit on it. The fitness band sounds interesting - might be interesting to see what my interminable stair-climbing adds up to. Thanks Lizzie - obviously posters have taken heed and substituted outdoors instead of finger on keyboard

Jane SG Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 2:23pm

A lot of this sounds quite exhausting dear Gardener! X

Jane SG Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 2:24pm

Thanks Lizzie. I'm trying to concentrate on the last one - relax! In fact yesterday I changed a password for something and put 'relax' in it. The sun is shine but I feel the black cloud looming

E Sat, Apr 8th 2017 @ 5:25pm

I find swimming and cycling do it for me both of which are best done, (in my opinion) on your own. Practice mindfulness when on a bike and you can on a good day get the feeling, when up to speed, that you are stationary with the ground spinning by effortlessly under your wheels, the world seemingly being spun by your peddles. 100km later (shorter distances are allowed) and you are usually to knackered to feel anything when you finally prise yourself off the bike and waddle back indoors.

Gardening burns about 150 calories an hour and again can be done alone or in groups. I love pottering around my own garden, last year I put in a pond which is now teeming with life. Newts, frogs, insects of various varieties and yesterday I saw a duckbilled-platypus water skiing. I have also just bought a new toy, a “garden cultivator” which has just made short work of the veg patch. When not working on my own garden I volunteer in a local stately home to see how it is done properly.

Fitness trackers. Don’t have much to do with these but my wife has one that is also a watch. The other night just before bed I remembered I had left my book down stairs in the living room. My wife kindly offered to fetch it for me while I was cleaning my teeth. As I get into bed I remember I have left my phone in the same place. Before I can throw back the bed clothes she is off again and then again to find my reading glasses. Turned out she was a few hundred steps off her daily target for the day so I guess they do have some use after all.

Lizzie Tue, Apr 11th 2017 @ 6:28am

I do find the fitness tracker helps, a bit like the Moodscope test. I'm a bit of a number geek though and I'm comforted by numerical measures, counts and comparisons.
Reading my blog back, printed in a small space, it does look more daunting! But I definitely try to take on board the mantra of 'it's a run not a sprint' and even if I'm out pottering in the garden or walking down tithe road, it's some exercise to add to the footsteps and I know it's doing some good!

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