At the moment, articles are being published in magazines and newspapers about how so many people in the world are being dragged down into the pits of depression. Depression, Anxiety and despondency. Now we are sluggish and reluctant to re enter “the zone” that we once were familiar with as normal life.
If ever there has been a time, when even the strong people are struggling to move forward, it is now. We are wondering how do we exercise again, we feel so sluggish and unfit. Without the mental determination which takes a strong mind and will, which has gone looking for parking, it is difficult to get the mojo to make the screaming muscles work. The reports say that so many of us have mysterious aches and pains throughout our bodies. Some articles also mention our overnight ageing. I must admit I feel this way, and thought it was because of my reluctance to return to Durban from our 9 month stint in the Kruger National Park. We renovated our cottage – and tried to live in it at the same time, whilst it rained 9 days out of 10 for 2 months then being setback by secumbing to Covid, followed by long Covid.
THE WRETCHED BLACK DOG ……
Some of you might be aware of this big black dog who visits, and takes over my life, from time to time – for those who aren’t aware – the journey is real and has been eating me up since returning from Kruger National Park. My heart is hurting and I just don’t know what to do about it. Some days are better and then others I nearly drown in the murky waters.
Because depression is a misunderstood affliction, people’s comments can be very off base and there are times I listen to them, amazed at their insensitivity and ignorance, and think to myself “he/she obviously has no idea what it is like living with this melancholia, aimlessly wandering through a bleak desert where not a tree nor blade of grass grows.”. Sadly this dis-ease is taking over the world since the event of the pandemic – and we all need any help that is available. Because it is unseen and does not bleed, breaks out in hives or make bones snap into pieces, depression remains to be looked upon as a weakness or the sufferer is called crazy, lazy and even cuckoo.
It’s unbelievable that in the 21st century this horrible affliction leaves the ill person isolated, pushed roughly aside, ignored and left feeling even more unloved. Perhaps that is what Yuppie Flu sufferers feel, perhaps even long Covid (and vaccination rejections) will end up going down this same route.
The strange thing is, that every single day there is something that pops out like a cartoon, and makes me laugh. Do you experience these ah ha moments? Sometimes I share it with you and other days I cannot creep out of the black tunnel to summon the energy to work through the foggy brain mush.
Isn’t it ridiculous walking into the kitchen, on a mission, only to discover the thought has taken flight – or maybe stayed behind in the bedroom where you return to catch it. Seriously, we are not in our 90’s yet, it is alarming to realise that this forgetfulness, memory fog and confusion only knows the way down.
STRENGTH IN LOVED ONES AND EXERCISE
My beautiful sister and some precious friends have been patient, understanding and shone their torches through the dim light to guide my way. Not all at the same time, which is actually perfect – they seem to drift through the mist at just the right times. They also need their space and to preserve their own energy, especially during the Covid times, to stay in the sane department too, so I have huge respect and appreciate them for reaching out to me.
Look, there IS HOPE. THERE IS A WAY, UP – OUT INTO THE BLUE SKIES. When we become more active, which always helps chase the depression away a, more oxygen will pump through our veins, flood our lungs and revive our brains. Lets make a pact – encourage one another to get out and walk again – or join just one exercise class a week if we have become inactive, and grow from there. We should start little whatsapp pockets / groups to suggest routes in our area, a good park, new nesting birds to see, a lovely place to take a picnic, when it is good weather to see a waterfall, a river or the ocean. Then post a selfie in one of those places. You get the picture…
Might the Secret Magic Recipe below diminish the awful black dog? Even if it halves the size to a Great Dane dog who has taken up residence in my head- it would be better than the monster size one constantly shadowing my way. Please know that this platform welcomes sharing and tips.
In past posts I have shared the recipe for an Elephant Stew (tongue in cheek), an amazing cake and a coleslaw with a twist. Herewith, at the end of this post, another interesting recipe for you;Recently Sandra has shared bottle of homemade something squishy in a preserve jar to eat. It was banned from the fridge by Chris because it is quite smelly, and spent its days hiding in the scullery and on toast when Chris is not home. I love it and could eat a whole bottle in one sitting. Tangy, vinegary and delicious, but I agree that the smell is not so cool.
The potion, Kimchi, supports gut health. This factor is overlooked when treating depression. Ps good gut health will also help the body cope with and fight Covid (fight any illness for that matter). Gut health plays a major role in one’s emotions, concentration and judgement… so much so that it has been nicknamed the “second brain”. Emotional stress, poor concentration, poor sleeping habits and general unhappiness are all factors which can very often be linked to bacterial imbalances in the digestive tract, and which can often be resolved through improving that balance.
GUT HEALTH – THE ANTI AGEING CARD – Because Kimchi is a fermented food it boasts numerous probiotics. These healthy micro-organisms have suggested other health benefits too eg
* Regulating the immune system
* Promote weight loss
* Fight inflammation
* Slow the ageing process
* It is packed with nutrients like iron, foliate, vitamin B6, vitamin K, A, C. * * 10 different minerals and over 34 amino acids
SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU – the recipe follows :
Yield : 5 x medium jars + 1 x small jar
1 x Large cabbage head, grated (1.4 kg)
3 x Huge carrots or equivalent 6 medium, grated
1 x Bunch spring onions, finely chopped including tops
1 ½ – 2 x Large green chilli’s, finely chopped
6 – 7 x Radishes, grated or paper thin slices
4 x Huge garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 x Thumb-length fresh ginger, peeled & grated
Total mass of all prepared ingredients together = 1.9 – +- 2.2 kg
Work in 2 ½ tablespoons organic Himalayan salt
Massage with hands to create a fine mush, in own brine (maybe 15 minutes)
Pack into sterilised jars to 1cm under rim. Loosely fit lids
Store in a tray (to catch juices) in a dark place 3-4 weeks
Here is a great article published b Glamour Magazine on Mental Health which is really worth reading https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/anxiety-after-lockdown
Wishing you all positive journey upwards towards improved mental health, body fitness and confidence to go into the new chapter of our lives.