As many of you will know, my health in the last few years has been… not great. I’ve had mental health problems to deal with, as well as physical ones, and between them they’ve made me completely non-functional.
But those of you who care will be happy to hear that I’ve made some lifestyle changes recently which seem (seem!) to be causing an improvement. I’ve cut out all carbohydrates completely, rather than just trying to have a “low-carb” diet, I’ve started taking vitamin B supplements more regularly than I was, I’ve stopped taking milk in my coffee, and I’ve taken to walking a couple of miles a day (with my walking stick, sitting whenever I need to, but doing it). I’ve also deleted my Facebook account (possibly temporarily, possibly not) and cut down on other social media. One of these, or a combination of all of them, seems to have made a difference.
I’ve still got the mental health issues, sleep problems, and all the rest of the stuff that makes a day-job a non-possibility for me, but my arthritic fatigue seems almost completely gone and I’m noticing less joint pain. For the first time in years I’m feeling clear-headed.
Now, this could just be a coincidence — it’s only been a few days — but there’s a real qualitative change there that means you’ll probably be seeing a lot more posts from me, and a lot more productivity, in future (though I’m making no guarantees in the short term — there’s an ongoing health crisis with a family member that’s taking up most of the spare mental cycles I’ve freed up).
So I’m tentatively making plans to do more stuff. One thing I’m going to do is regularly review the books I finish. I went well over a month in December/January without finishing a book at all, as a combination of travel stress, Christmas stress, health problems and family health worries meant I couldn’t concentrate, but my normal level is to read a couple of books a week. I’m hoping to review them as I finish them on my Goodreads page, and then once a week aggregate them into a post here. I’m also going to restart the Batposts (the Lego Batman Movie post the other day is essentially the start of that), do the comics reviews regularly, and generally post more.
That might all fall apart if, as is entirely possible, I wake up with fuzzbrain again in a few days. But right now, I’m more mentally alert than I have been since… 2012 or so. I’m almost back to being clever again…