Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

It has been 3 1/2 weeks since I started the course of medication for my depression, and I am doing well with it. I have been downright chipper the last couple of days. Monday I had been feeling better, but Tuesday was a real turning point for me.

I have been feeling all happy and have been getting a lot accomplished around here. It is amazing how much energy that I have to do things. I am a lot more motivated now.

Shannon

P.S. How is your depression progressing. Please let us know in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity 

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Great Movies About Single Moms

I love movies. I watch many. I thought it worthy to post a few here that deal with single mothers. These are the movies that I like the best:

  • Chocolat
  • Jerry McGuire
  • Erin Brokovitch
  • Baby Boon
  • Waitress
  • The First Wives Club
  • Mermaids
  • Terms of Endearment

Shannon

P.S. Do you know any more? Please list them in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Resources for Women’s Health Concerns

Books for the Single Mother


Family Television Night

When my daughters were younger, we had TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) Nights. I believe that it was channel 7 that had TGIF nights. We would watch the shows that were appropriate for the girls (Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World), then we might pop in a movie.

Before we began watching television, we had a ritual.

First of all, the girls would bathe and get into their nighties. I would then comb out and braid their hair (making in pretty and wavy the next day), and do their finger and toe nails.

Then we would set up ‘beds’ for them on the living room floor, and I would take one of my pillows and a blanket down to the sofa.  The girls were allowed to fall asleep there on the floor, camping out all night. I sometimes slept on the sofa, sometimes went up to bed after they fell asleep.

I would make popcorn, giving them each their own cereal bowl full, and I would add a few M&M’s or chocolate chips into each bowl as a treat. I would also give them each a glass of juice or milk.

We would settle down to watch the shows, then choose a movie to watch. The girls loved this tradition, and so did I.

Shannon


Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

I am feeling better today, even happy. I haven’t felt this good in a long time, and I am enjoying it. I am always more creative when I am happy.

Today I entered a contest online. I could win a chance to blog about my weight loss journey, which I am sure will help me along the way.

I have also filled out applications for a few other writing jobs. I am excited over this. I love to write, and I hope to begin earning more money from this venture.

This evening, my best friend and I are going to be hanging out. We will be going out to eat, and then maybe we will do some needed shopping. We will likely have a b**chfest because of some things that have been happening, but I am handling issues better this day. We will talk about everything a bit, then put it behind us and have some fun.

My best friend is being very supportive. She knows that I need to get out and have some fun.

I hope that you all have a best friend whom you can talk to.

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Medical Identity Theft

Pennie over at the Empty Nest blog had an post that is of interest to all of us on her blog on January 8th. It refers to medical identity theft, and tells us the basic events regarding her 6 year old granddaughter. You can read the blog here: http://empty-nest.contentquake.com/2009/01/08/medical-identity-theft/#comment-5544.
 
I thought that this was important enough to pass along to everyone. I couldn’t afford to pay off medical debts placed upon me in this way, and I don’t think that anyone else could either.
 
Shannon

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine

This is the last goal that I made for myself for the year 2009. I have a support system  set up for helping low-income families, as well as homeschool families. I also have this blog.

I plan to keep up with all three of these. I truly do enjoy helping people. And I like to feel useful. I also believe that helping others is a good basis for raising a family. If every household in the world helped other, the world would be a better place.

If you have any goals for helping others, how about sharing them with us in the comments.

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

New Years Day

Goals for the New Year

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Gardening: Goal Number Six

Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight


Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight

The last two holiday seasons have just been too stressful for me. I have not enjoyed them at all. I have not had the money that I wished that I had had in order to purchase gifts for people, and I admit to feeling guilty about this.

Because of this feeling of guilt, I have decided to rethink my views on the holidays.

I am going to think about what is important to me:

  1. My spirituality.
  2. My friends.
  3. My family.

Gifts are not at the top of my list. So, why do I feel so guilty about not having the money to purchase gifts for people? They all love the things that we bake and craft for them, so why do I feel like I am not doing enough?

I plan to answer these questions this winter, and form my plan for the next holiday season.

Shannon

P.S. What are your views on this topic? Feel free to post them in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

New Years Day

Goals for the New Year

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Gardening: Goal Number Six

Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine


Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

I do not really have a lot to say on religion. It is such a personal choice for each person. Even people who share religions have their own beliefs.

But I do believe that we all need to have faith in something: God, The Goddess, family…something that we believe in above all else. Something of importance to us.

I am working on expanding my spiritual studies this year, but my biggest faith lies within my family and friends.

Shannon

P.S. What are you doing to further your spiritual life? Please post your answers in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

New Years Day

Goals for the New Year

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Gardening: Goal Number Six

Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine


Gardening: Goal Number Six

One of the things that I would like to do is to grow almost all of our own food. I currently do minimal gardening on our tiny lot, but intend to do more this spring. I very much enjoyed having all of the salad fixings coming from my own garden last year. The salads tasted wonderful, and were so much healthier than the chemical laden fruits and vegetables that come from the grocery store.

I started composting last year, and will continue with that venture this year. It will be a lot cheaper than having to buy all of that dirst each year. The soil on my lot leaves a lot to be desired, but I can build it up with compost.

I want to learn succession planting, which is a means to expending your growing season. This will mean more food grown at drastically lower prices than purchasing from the grocery store. I can cover each plant before the last frost with plastic milk jugs. I can also make cold frames for after the last frost.

I have decided that, budget pending, I would like to begin planting only organic, heirloom and open pollinated varieties of seeds. I do belive that this will be healthier for us.

Shannon

P.S. If you have any tips or questions, please post them in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

New Years Day

Goals for the New Year

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine


Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

On December 30th, 2008, I blogged about my diagnosis of depression. It has been two weeks since I began taking the medication that I was prescribed, and they do seem to be kicking in. Though it takes about four weeks to feel the full effect, I am feeling a bit better.

During the second week, things seemed to be looking up a bit. I did have a real rough time yesterday and the day before, though. Here is a small bit of what I wrote about it on my family MySpace blog:

Do you ever feel as though you are sinking into an abyss and you just can’t seem to swim back up to the surface? What is that called?
Before going on this depression medication, I was feeling like I was ready cry at the drop of a hat every day, all day. It was horrible. I felt this weight on my shoulders, this impending sense of doom every second. This doom I had been feeling since about July.
Last week, likely due to the meds. I was starting to feel okay. I didn’t feel like crying all the time, and the sense of doom was gone. I was okay, but not great. Just…better. But it felt good. Last week was the best week that I had had in months. I had hope.

As you can tell, I was having a real tough time for a couple of days. The reason why I felt so bad after beginning to feel better was that I lost my job. Well, I am still providing childcare during school vacations, and should be doing so part-full time by April, but I still have to worry about January-March. I had been told a week ago that I had a full time child until April, only to find out otherwise a couple of days ago.

Now, you would think that I would still be miserable, but I am not – exactly. I feel badly about the situation, but I was not the one to blame for it. I have enough money to pay this, and most of next, months bills. And I know that I will be earning a little more to go toward next months. So I am not completely destitute yet.

Two weeks ago, this would have crushed me and I wouldn’t have been able to pull myself up from it. Today I am okay. Not great, but okay.

So the medications is beginning to work.

I am on the right track, looking for more work. Doing what I am supposed to be doing. And not dwelling, too much.

I am doing a bit better.

Shannon

P.S. Please feel free to share your depression experiences.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today 

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup

 

 

 


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