I break down personal well-being into three categories:mental, physical, and spiritual.
My mental health in 2018 was pretty good overall. Years ago, the first antidepressant I took was temporarily unavailable, so I switched. Since then I’ve tried several others with varying degrees of success. This year it occurred to me to go back to the first one. I’ve seen significant improvement as a result.
Physically I gained back some of the weight I had previously lost, but not all of it. I started exercising again on a regular basis in November. I also returned to actively managing my type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar levels are back in acceptable ranges. I’m eating better. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are good.
I started meditating again, which helps me spiritually, mentally, and physically. I didn’t attend any kind of organized religious or spiritual group this year. That’s one of my goals for 2019.
Some books I read and enjoyed for personal well-being this year were:
- Loving-Kindness, by Sharon Salzburg
- There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places, by Brad Warner
- Don’t Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master, by Brad Warner
Conclusion: I started out slowly this year, but I picked up around July and continue to make improvements. I’m working now on establishing hew habits that will carry over into 2019 and beyond.
Overall grade: B