Mental Wellness

2 Weeks of Walking, Swimming, and Paddling

I barely moved for 14 months. I sat in a chair, read, blogged, got up once and a while to make family meals. Walking upstairs made me breathe heavily. That was me in the pandemic. Once in a while I masked up and took a walk or biked somewhere when the weather was good. Mostly, I got beyond cabin fever to not even want to leave the house. I certainly didn’t feel like swimming indoors.

This summer, I decided to reclaim the peace of mind that is fitness. It’s easier to be calmer when I’m getting exercise. I promised myself I would walk at least for 15 minutes a day, or swim as many laps as I could in the pool, paddle for an hour, or bike to do errands six days a week.

I am happy to say that now I have two weeks where I’ve accomplished my goal!

I sleep better, socialize more easily and feel better about myself when I’m active.

Also a plus, no more huffing and puffing up the stairs!

Do you have an exercise routine? Does it help your mental health?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Kayak with Water Lily Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Bipolar, Mental Wellness

Manic Monday: 5 Healthful Hobbies

Online streaming is not my friend. I could watch videos endlessly until I have a headache from catatonic couch potatoing. What can help me return to bipedalism? What else might I do? Here are five activities I love.

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Red Day Lilies Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

  1. Gardening: I lose all track of time when I’m gardening. Playing in the dirt is fun and the rewards are great; flowers!
  2. Photography: Finding new angles, inching up on butterflies, capturing nature in her beauty. This is another reward of #1; photographing the garden.
  3. Blogging: Meeting folks from Chile, Norway, India, China, Nigeria, Ireland, England Australia, Spain, Brazil, and more countries is delightful. The world is full of nice people.

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    Wintry Little Free Library Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
  4. Walking: When I go around the block, I find flowers, ideas and sometimes books along the way. We have a neighborhood with 4 Little Free Libraries within two blocks of where we live. When I go further, say walk to the grocery store, I feel so darn proud of myself.
  5. Bicycling: In the summer, I challenge myself to ride my bike to go on errands that are less than two miles away. Last week, our child and I biked to the library to pick up our books on hold. You may notice a reading theme…another pastime.

All five of these activities help me relieve stress, pass the time enjoyably, and feel satisfaction. I feel happy when I create a post, take a picture, and get outside.

What are your hobbies?

It’s Manic Monday and that’s good news! –Rebecca

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Purple Clematis Photo: Rebecca Cuningham