Hello, everyone! Remember me? I know I've been gone for ages.
After several months of lingering depression and malaise with no obvious single cause, I undertook a thorough evaluation of my life. I realized there were three major problems I needed to address.
Problem 1: My diet was terrible. I ate too much fast food and too much sugar. I could hardly expect to feel healthy on such an unhealthy diet. I'd also become complacent about my iron intake, so my ferritin (stored iron) was almost certainly low.
Solution: Eat better. I radically overhauled my diet and resumed taking my iron supplement.
Result: I have more energy and feel better overall. I don't crave sugar or obsess about food as much. I've lost about 10 pounds. My skin looks better.
Problem 2: I have lost my enthusiasm for home improvement. After seven years of spending much of my time and energy on my "fixer upper" house, I'm just burned out. Yet I was still pushing myself to work on the house.
Solution: Stop forcing it. Don't work on house projects unless I want to. Stop looking through Pinterest and home improvement blogs which make me feel stressed about my unfinished projects and guilty that I'm not constantly working on something.
Result: It's not always easy to ignore the unfinished projects... but I'm inflicting less guilt and pressure on myself. After all, who really cares if I have new baseboards or not?
Problem 3: America is not the most pleasant place to live lately. The country is polarized on seemingly every single topic. It feels like everyone wants to argue about everything... not in respectful debate, but with name-calling and personal attacks. And there is no escaping it! Spend two minutes online, even just trying to check the weather, and you can't help but see vicious comments and infuriating headlines about the latest disaster or political scandal. It made me sad, angry, and disgusted.
Solution: Disconnect. Stay off social media, which is overflowing with hostility. Stop reading the news, which is guaranteed to make me feel utterly horrible. Limit my screen time to playing (non-violent) games and watching (non-controversial) science and nature documentaries on Netflix.
Result: I feel much less angry. I've inched back from the brink of losing all hope for humanity. And far from suffering from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), I am, in fact, enjoying ROMO - the Relief Of Missing Out.
At least for a while, I am going to continue to focus on my mental and physical health. I'll be back online eventually. I look forward to reconnecting with you all. :)