As I grow older, and hopefully wiser, I am reminded that one of the only constants in our lives is change. As the seasons roll through, one to the other, so our worlds do as well. And as individuals, we too find ourselves changing with the times.
I tend to think of myself as a creature of habit. There are certain places I like to go to eat, for example. I rarely deviate from those few places. So when I notices changes, especially in my own behaviors, I take note. Such is the case in my life over the past couple of months.
One of the things I’ve changed recently is that I’ve started walking each day. I know that exercise is important for physical health, but I’m also learning that it’s important for mental health as well. This past week, I’ve walked at least five miles each day, sometimes more. This change has helped me stay more focused and has also improved my self-esteem.
Although I’m a person who loves to read, I’ve recently started putting more time and effort into that. I’ve read several books completely (which is a rarity) and have also been listening to podcasts by the authors of those books. I even purchased an IPod and listen to those podcasts as I’m walking. My journal is filled with quotes and excerpts from the books I’m reading and it’s proved helpful to read back over those from time-to-time.
I have been struggling with the all of life here of late and the exercise and reading and writing have certainly helped. But I also realized that I might need some professional guidance to aid me in my journey. So I contacted a therapist and have already been to my first visit with him. I’m working on improving my outlook on life and, as with the reading, am getting fresh perspectives on how to view the world.
So as we get ready to begin a new school year, there are those positive changes I’ve made in my life. Being stuck in a mental rut or “doldrums” as I like to call them, is no fun place to be. I probably don’t need to tell any of you that. But with the few changes I’ve made in my life, I’ve got a more positive outlook and am looking for better things to come.