It’s Day 14 of WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC if you’re on Twitter). Today’s question is:
“I feel best when…” Write about moments you feel like you can take on the world. Where, when, and how often does this happen #HAWMC
So this question has been really relevant the past few days. I had a hard time getting stuff done because of nausea from the treatment for my eyes and ears. Also, I was going through depression for several days. (I have bipolar disorder.) Often, physical pain and fatigue (due to Myasthenia Gravis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and psoriasis) make it hard to function.
I was doing my best to apply the tips I wrote about in 6 Ideas: How To Get Stuff Done When You’re Depressed. And it worked! What helped me a lot was focusing on one task at a time–finishing the most urgent task (Medicaid stuff) first no matter how long that took. After that, I was able to finish other things because I felt empowered.
4 Times I Feel Like I Can Take on the World:
- Taking a shower–If I have a day where I struggled to get out of bed all day, then I take a shower, I feel empowered. I tell myself, “Go you! You can do this.”
- Putting on a a great lipstick/getting dressed–When I get dressed, even if no one sees what I look like (I’m home alone), I feel better.
Psychologically, when I look in the mirror and see what I look like despite how I feel, it makes me feel better. Never underestimate the power of a good lipstick! I prefer Strawberry which is a vintage-style red color from Arbonne. It’s very Mad Men. It’s my power color.
- Doing a good job at work–Almost all the time, nobody knows how terrible I feel. In order to be taken seriously, I couldn’t look as terrible as I feel or no one would hire me. That’s why I do things like wear kelly green or cobalt blue (my “go to colors”) when I am experiencing the most fatigue or pain. They instantly brighten my appearance–that and a great lipstick, of course. When I come home from work knowing my students learned a lot or we had fun, I feel satisfied. (The picture with my cane is a picture taken at work.)
- Exercising–It can be hard to exercise when you’re not feeling well, whether that’s physically or emotionally, or both. I wasn’t able to exercise Saturday and Sunday but yesterday, I did. It made me feel victorious. It was hard to do it–I prayed a lot and watched some favorite Rocky training scenes to get there. But I did it. Exercise is good for fighting stress and depression because exercise releases endorphins, AKA “the feel good hormones.” That’s why I force myself to do it even though I don’t feel like it. (See 6 Ideas: How To Exercise When You’re Depressed.)
What makes you feel empowered?
Tomorrow, I’ll continue WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge by answering another question. (It’s a good one tomorrow.)
–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno