I Had a Dream
I had a dream the other night. Actually, it was more a nightmare. It was Ambien-induced; I took the sleep aid because I was having trouble sleeping (obviously). Not my usual habit but it was an easy way out. Or so I thought until the dream/nightmare came along.
In it, I was visiting a friend in Key West, where everyone walks around half-clothed. I seemed to have been okay with how I looked until I got down there and started comparing myself. I was not happy and my friends were very aware of that. They tiptoed around me. I woke up feeling quite shaken by the dream. I viscerally felt how damaging my focus on my looks was on me.
I’m sharing this dream to attempt to explore the depression aspect of it. Because that’s where my sleep thoughts came from – depression induced by the Ambien. Disclosure: I’m not a therapist nor I do play one on tv or this blog. But I have experienced this ‘down in the dumps’ feeling before, and worked with many women who tell me they struggle with feeling down.
I recently picked up a brochure at Whole Foods titled “Healthy Mood” that discussed the difference between real depression vs. a blue mood. We all feel down in the dumps occasionally. Real depression is a different animal. Regardless which affects us, however, many of us distract ourselves from what’s really going on by focusing on how we look.
As we enter the holidays, a time of marked depression for many people, it may be particularly apropos that I found myself thinking about this problem when I was at Whole Foods. What we eat can have a major impact on how we feel, both physically and mentally. A diet of highly-processed, nutrient-poor foods, eaten on the run, can be a recipe for disaster in this regard.
My holiday wish for everyone: That we have the time and resources to take care of ourselves during this special time. Whole Foods’ brochure lists these five ways to support a healthy mood.
- Sleep and rest
- Purpose in our lives
I’ll add eating well. After all, I am a nutritionist. 🙂 And by the way, eating well doesn’t mean forgoing the special foods of the season.
A happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S. and good wishes to all the rest of the world.