Haven’t been spending as much time on social media lately. Been reading too much negative news and it was starting to get to me. I usually reserve it for keeping in contact with close friends and family these days. It was just draining me and discouraging. I am needing a few days off, at least.
Been staying home for the most part. With the increase in the number of covid cases in my country, it’s probably best to avoid crowds if possible. Fortunately my home state has seemed to have avoided the worst so far. But I am convinced this is far from over.
Listening to audiobooks a lot lately. Finished a couple Robert Kiyosaki finance books over the last couple weeks. I like economics almost as much as I do science and tech. I had a brilliant economics instructor in college who got me hooked on the topic. May not have ever used much of it in the workplace, but it has helped in my personal finances and my general understanding of the world around me. Thinking about rereading some of the philosophy books I read back in my twenties. Emerson and Nietchze were a couple of my personal favorites.
Been trying on some of my winter clothing to see if I need to replace anything before it gets cold again. To my pleasant surprise, most of my old clothes fit better than they did last winter. I don’t know if I’ve actually lost weight, but I am pretty sure I haven’t gained any since the end of last winter.
Changed up my diet some. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Every two weeks at my complex, I get a box of fresh vegetables and fruits. Have for the last several weeks. Sadly I can’t get it all eaten before it goes bad. But I give some of it to my neighbors who do lots of cooking. I had forgotten how much I enjoy fresh carrots, apples, and potatoes.
I still sleep more than normal. But I am staying up later and napping more during the afternoons. For the last few months I usually went to bed around 10pm and woke up for good at sunrise. Last several nights I’ve been up until midnight and woke at 8am. I don’t have much for aches and pains even in the mornings anymore. If I am careful about how fast I get out of bed in the mornings and how much I stretch during the days, I can avoid the worst. I still force myself to stand up at least once an hour so my muscles don’t get tight. I don’t run my air conditioner as cold as I tend to be less stiff if I keep my house a few degrees warmer than I used to. I’ve gotten more sensitive to the cold in the last couple years. Cold didn’t use to bother me much. It does now.
I have a teleconference with my psych doctor coming in a couple weeks. I have been pretty stable overall this summer. Usually the summers are the toughest for me. I think it helps that I avoid most news and negative people. I may not have much for social life, but it is less stressful this way. I have always been an introvert. But I am not anti social. I am just anti pointless drama.
Been hotter than usual since at least Memorial Day. So I am ready for autumn and cooler weather. Still have at least another two months of hot weather. And the school year will be starting again in a month or so. Will be interesting to see how the school year is impacted with the continuing pandemic.