Therapeutic Walks and Photography to cope with Depression or Bipolar Mood Swings


Recently, I was feeling rather tired and stressed up after several weeks of manic plus stress at work, etc etc. I could feel that my moods were swinging. When I am too tired or stressed up, my moods tend to drop. Having a mood disorder like Bipolar Disorder, I realized that I need to take steps to slow down and prevent these mood swings to either escalate into manic or plunged me into depression. I realized that in the past because I failed to notice my mood swings or indicators that I am overly stressed or strained, over a period of time I eventually plunged into severe clinical depression that can last for 3 to 6 months or longer.

I am learning now to recognize early signs and symptoms of possible relapses or trigger factors to depression or mood swings. I am learning to manage stress better and if necessary to cut down on stress level by eliminating the things that are stressing me up. So I have cut down on some activities and scheduled more down time. I also turned down freelance assignments which I don't time I can manage or complete on time.

I cut down a little on blogging. But I found that as blogging is therapeutic to me, it's hard to really take a complete break. I love to write and writing is therapeutic to me. So I am still blogging and sharing my thoughts, feelings, experiences and what I read or find useful. Visiting my blogging friends and having them visit me is a means of support to me. This is a crucial part of my recovery and maintenance of mental well-being.

I also need to do things that will help me to relax and cheer me up. Besides praying and reading God's Words, and rest, I have been able to spend some time with some hobbies. Some activities that I have found to be therapeutic are taking walks to enjoy nature and develop my interest in photography.

So recently, I took a walk past Woodlands Town Garden which is adjacent to Bukit Timah Expressway. I didn't really go into the Garden because I was alone and I didn't want to walk alone there. Although Singapore is a safe place, it is still not wise to go to quiet places alone. So I admired the Garden from the exterior surroundings :-)

If you go to Woodlands Town Garden, you can enjoy the greenery and the unique design of the park amenities which has both Malay and Chinese elements. Sungei Mandai Kecil, a river that flows through the park, was also integrated in the design of the park. Part of this river that flows into the park was enlarged into a lake, irregularly-shaped for a natural look.

I enjoy photography a lot and so I took that opportunity to catch a few shots :-)

I really enjoy nature a lot and I love to walk or go briskwalkings. I hope I can schedule more such time as it is always refreshing to me.

How about you? Do you go for walks? What do find to be therapeutic when you are feeling down or stressed up?

10 Kind thoughts:

Darlene said...

Just looking at your pictures gave me a feeling of peace. I'm a little stressed myself right now and this is just what I needed.

God Bless!

Nancie said...

Darlene, I am so glad the pictures have helped you :)

Do take care. I hope you feel better.

God bless too.

jennifer said...

Blogging is therapeutic to me too. I've been going through a really severe depression lately. My blog is the only thing I find joy in right now. I wish you well.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that taking walks around the zoo with my camera is therapy for me. It's so calming and relaxing.

Nancie said...

Glad blogging is helping you too, BPD. I hope you are feeling better. Will keep you in my prayers. Do take care.

Nancie said...

Thanks for stopping by, happylittlebluebird.

I had a quick look at your blog. I love the photos you took. The ones at the zoo is so lovely. No wonder you enjoy the walks in the zoo and taking photographs there. Animals are cute and looking at them sure brings joy. I think I should find time to do that. Take care.

Anonymous said...

The place you were walking does for sure look beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, on a more general basis. I really needed to read something like this now.

Take care:)

Nancie said...

Hi feanare,

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed this post. I enjoyed your blog too. Your photos are very nice.

Hope you have a great springtime!

Take care :)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I love to go for walks! The only thing that irritates me is that I can no longer walk very far at all. I would love to spend an hour or two hiking the woods or just walking around town but I know I can't so I try to enjoy the little walks I am able to take. Thank God that I can at least still get out!

Nancie said...

Yes, Michelle, walks are so good even if it is a short walk. Glad you too enjoy walking. How nice if we can walk in the woods together :)

Take care, sweet friend. Have a blessed Lord's day!


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