Let’s talk mental health

It’s been 4 weeks since my first acupuncture appointment. I’ve had 3 appointments. I also drink the ass tea twice a day, take a B complex vitamin supplement and take 5-HTP. In that time I believe I’ve only tried to list my child on Ebay once, gotten angry at the trusty husband once and that was because it was late and the child was sick. Anyone would want to throw a rock at their spouse’s head given the situation.

All in all I’m happy that I started the acupuncture. Really happy.

But what I want to talk about is this thing called the Body Blues. If you remember I mentioned a book I was reading called When Your Body Gets the Blues. It was written by two nurses at the University of Washington. Great book. I do recommend you go buy it. Odds are you need it.

At this point, the rest of this post is geared toward women. I don’t want to exclude my male readers (all 3 of you), but I do want you to know this is girl stuff. Um, here’s a photo of a car just to make the guys happy.

Hot Rod

Back to the important stuff…

So the book outlines some key symptoms of the Body Blues. Those symptoms would be:

Eating too much and gaining weight
Low Energy
Difficulty concentrating
Sleep difficulties
Irritability or tension
Daytime drowsiness
Decreased interest in sex
Mild anxiety
Mild depression
Heightened sensitivity to rejection or criticism

I read this list and thought…hmm… sounds familiar. The only symptom I don’t have is the eating too much. I am the opposite. Either way it is interesting to find other women that have the same types of symptoms I do.

Good news ladies! You aren’t broken. And the fix. Super super easy. Now I could go into an old timey spiel and say, “step right up! Have I got the answer for you. Try auntie Elle’s new mental health tonic and you’ll be feelin’ fine!” Then I could blather on and say that you have to try this new program that I’m trying. You won’t regret it at all. But I’d sound like a dumbass.

Instead, I’m just going to say take a B complex vitamin, get out and get some sunshine and exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Simple as going for a walk. Trust me you’ll feel better.

10 Comment

  1. Rhonda says: Reply

    I’ve heard that is a great book before. I’m so glad that you’re feeling better. Great news 🙂

  2. serena says: Reply

    I sort of thought you were joking, but I went to the book website and took the test. I passed (or failed?). I’m vowing to try this. not like it hasn’t occured to me to exercise and take vitamins before, but something about this resonates.

  3. Lauri says: Reply

    Looks like a Good book

  4. So funny because two days ago, I literally wrote out my “fix me up” list. The top three things on my list were (1) exercise at least cardio 5 x a week, (2) take my vitamins, (3) make time to lay in the sun and read a fun book at least 2x/week

    Sounds like this book is right on. Might have to check it out.

  5. Dana says: Reply

    Hmmm…that list sounded strangely familiar to me, too. Very interesting!

  6. Jenny2 says: Reply

    It’s amazing how easy it is for women (and men) to be disconnected from their bodies. I love, love that you are “medicating” with “alternative” methods… although excercise and vitamins shouldn’t be alternative. Nor should acupuncture, which has been around longer than dirt, and is clearly supporting your new regime.

    Oh, and the picture of the car for you three male readers. Funny.

  7. NEAL says: Reply

    Hey! A car!

    Vrrroooooooooooooom…..eeeeeeeeeerrrrr, vroom vroom.

  8. shauna says: Reply

    I found you through Blogher, and I’m glad I did! I think I have the body blues, so I’m going to look into that book. Thanks for the great post!

  9. I ordered the book. I’m so with you!

  10. Brian (R's hubby) says: Reply

    ummm!!! nice headlight on the car, can we see the trunk next time and mabey even an picture of the engine? Just asking!!!!

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