Mental Wellness

Every Little Thing I See

As a child I noticed flowers every once and a while when I came across them. As an adult they form the patchwork quilt of my thoughts. Every summer walk I am compelled to take photos of the flowers in our neighborhood. I find it difficult to pass by the opportunity to capture the fleeting floral images. I stop, I crouch, I stand on tip toe, I lean. Finding the camera angle and time of day to take the best picture is like a meditation. Results vary; a few photos shine, a few photos fail, but the time behind the lens brings me joy. Sharing photos on my websites has doubled my joy.

What do you love to do?

Happy Manic Moon-day! –Rebecca

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Maiden’s Bower Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
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
Mental Wellness

What Makes Me Happy?

Garden blooms make me smile. A little water, a little weeding, a little waiting and nature comes through with amazing colors.

Red Monarda – Bee Balm Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Pink Hollyhocks Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Pinks and Seedum Blooms Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

What makes you happy?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Mental Wellness

Walk and Don’t Hesitate

Sixteen months into this pandemic and I’m in the worst physical condition of my life. I’ve resolved to take daily walks. My low bar is around the block, if that feels good I move toward a mile. I’m happy when I have the motivation to start.

Two days ago I had gone one block uphill, and was on the block downhill. It was about 8 pm, still before sunset (at 8:30!) As I reached the corner, a guy on a bike pedaled by. He was muttering. All I heard was the f-bomb he dropped every three words. Nothing like the fricative sound of f and the hard k sound to carry on a breeze.

Now, I am an expressive person. I may have looked startled. His reaction was to spin a wide circle in the intersection and come around again to expose me to a second earful. Up to this point in my walk I had seen only one couple who dashed for their car. Currently, I saw no one else around.

I took my stand. As he rode by me spouting profanities, I began to sing loudly. He biked by quickly and did not look back. As he turned the second corner, the spell was lifted and several people walked into view. I kept singing and walked happily home, empowered by the music.

What’s your anthem? –Rebecca

Here’s one I love: