On my nightstand/Monday, Oct. 19th




On my nightstand

 One less thing to worry about by Jerilyn Ross. My mother, a wise, wonderful, intimidatingly intelligent woman mailed this book to me on Saturday as a gift. I’m almost done. I’ve always been a bit of a worrier, but now have actually —  for the first time in my life — been having panic attacks. (a whole ‘nother issue I should probably write about someday)*. Anyway, I’m marking up this book like mad and almost finished reading it. It deals a lot with anxiety connected to fluctuating hormone levels and then treatment with cognitive therapy and other methods (just getting into the treatment part of the book).

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson. I can’t believe I actually got back to this book. Finally. I finished all my library books and now am waiting for more on my request list to become available.

My next bookclub book is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, but as I am something like no. 700 on the waiting list, so I know it is not going to become available before bookclub. Has anyone read it? Is it really worth seeking out or should I just skip it?

* One thing that has changed that has probably affected my anxiety level is ever since the weather became cold, I have stopped doing something I love — walking. I think just by starting to walk again every day, it can make a big difference for me. So this morning, during the short “kid-free” time I have three days a week (I have two hours to myself) I walked to the library to return some books that were due. It is about a mile round trip. In my big walking days I used to think it was the wimpy walk — the big one was down to the shopping area south of here. But it really feels good to just move my body again. I have been trying to spend this time working online or running errands, but I think it is crucial to use it to walk if it will help this anxiety I’ve been feeling.

9 thoughts on “On my nightstand/Monday, Oct. 19th”

  1. You are so right Kristi. I do that too, skip my hour long walk to do more at work (my husband and I work together in our own business) when really I would be better served to be more efficient (because tasks always expand to the time you allot them) and stride it out. Walking makes the world of difference. I even quit the gym a couple of years ago because I enjoyed walking in the fresh air (even if inclement weather, just take an umbrella) rather than working out in the same tiny carpeted area inside. As one who feels anxious when out of balance too, I hear you! PS. LOVED your navy velvet jacket and the whole outfit really in your last post. Tres chic and all round fabulous. Also thanks for listing me in your Friends column. I don’t have one of those yet, just sort of kept to myself. Will have to look into it.

  2. This is the third time “Outliers” has entered my consciousness in about five days. Is it a sign that I should read this book? Methinks yes.

    Walks are so important. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been an absolute slug for the past two weeks, and I am feeling it all over my body.

    Maybe you should add your daily walk to the things you report on your blog?

    With cardigans, do you favor a v-neck? The one you’re wearing looks like a v-neck. Stylish outfit today (well, yesterday).

    You are under so much pressure right now. I think you’re holding it together remarkably. The book from your mother sounds like a good one; I am going to see if I can get it through my library.

    1. Marsi,
      I think I will mention when I walk. I’m heading out to get some milk and eggs at the corner market. Not a long walk, but my youngest doesn’t have school today so I am limited in how far I can walk — too big for a stroller but too little to walk very far or fast!
      The cardigan is a v-neck. I’m wearing it again today. I think I do favor v-necks for cardigans a little more than crew necks.
      I just finished the worry book. My conclusion is that I need to: Walk, learn deep breathing exercises and possibly take up yoga! I have also ordered (from the library) two great books on cognitive therapy both by David Burns: The Feeling Good Handbook and Panic Attacks (or something like that)

  3. Hi Kristi

    I love your blog, it’s such a chic, warm space, and I love your style of writing. I’ve never commented before, but I saw you mentioned you have anxiety and panic attacks. I just wanted to say that I have these too, and have found yoga and meditation to be really helpful. I also sometimes put a meditation CD on when I’m working on the computer instead of music or the radio, and even though I’m not meditating it makes me much calmer. Sorry to have left such a long comment – once again, I really like your blog!

    1. Miranda,
      Thanks so much for the nice comment. Is there any meditation cd’s you would recommend? I think that is a great idea. Thanks

  4. I think walking is a great way to rid yourself of any mental anxiety, and just being outside in general does wonders for you. I also wanted to say that I bought The Elegance of the Hedgehog because I noticed you were reading it, I haven’t started it yet but I’m looking forward to it!

  5. I just got The Elegance of the Hedgehog book in – borrowed from another library. With regard to the book you are #700 on the waiting list, can you request that your library ILL (Inter Library Loan) the book from another library? We offer this to patrons all the time especially on popular books. Worth a try. 😉

  6. I go in phases with anxiety, often for reasons not so valid. I’m not sure why. The only thing that centers me is my faith. I’ve had anxiety ridden moments where the only thing I can think to do is walk into the nearest Catholic church and get on my knees and just be still. Surprisingly, it always works.

    1. S,
      That is a good idea. Although praying always helps me, I’ve never thought of heading over to church to do it. My anxiety is often tied to hormonal fluctuations. Not surprising according to the book I was reading.

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