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As one who has suffered from depression for several years now, I have done thorough research into this debilitating and often frightening disease. This article intends on sharing tips with anyone who suffers from this painful disease. And yes, it is very painful to have depression, it is very isolating and a lonely way to live!
I have tried several medications and some have worked, others have not. Currently, I am not taking medication and I have been feeling somewhat better. That could be in part because I try to keep myself occupied with positive and motivational hobbies. Writing being one of them, music being the other; with a strong emphasis on guitar playing. Although I don’t think I’ll ever be on the same palying level as Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton. LOL!
I have heard through the grapevine that exercise helps and I have been trying to start a regimen because it releases endorphins, those are commonly referred to as “happy” hormones which should make us feel good right? And also an exercise program decreases the chances of obesity which also increases the happy benefits.
There are many exercise programs and tools to choose from and many offer group participation which decreases the chances of suffering from loneliness!
As I mentioned earlier, I like to play the guitar. Although that may not be everyones instrument of choice it is a great way to motivate and stimulate a happier well being. Lately, I have had the courage and the fortitude to perform at open mics in my neck of the woods! And guess what else? I have been singing too! I’ve been trying to be a storyteller too and in time I’m sure that I will accomplish that too. I just have to keep on trying too! The trick is to never give up on yourself and keep on looking ahead. Don’t let anything stop you!
Many of us tend to forget what nutrition plays in dealing with depression. When we don’t eat right what happens? We feel bad!!! Well we have to make a concerted effort to eat better. “Hey! put those cookies back”!. My suggestion is of course, eat more fruits and veggies. Lean meats, especially chicken and fish. Whole grains and nuts. Leave the saturated fats alone.
The last thing I wanted to talk about is the many support groups that exist to help those us who are dealing with this dreaded and forsaken disease. I have no specific ones to mention but I’ll say this; there are literally millions of ’em. I’m trying to establish a website myself and althought the going is tough, I should have one soon. Just remember one thing, you are not alone. Reember to check out all the local support groups in your neighborhood too. Don’t be afraid to admit that you suffer either. No one is an island! For someone not to ask for help, could only prolong the suffering and eventually make it worse and with that comes physical hurt too!