I don't get depressed very often; when I do it is rather mild. The primary reason is that I WHISTLE a lot. Classical, broadway, pop, golden oldies, whatever pops into my head. This is a lesson I learned by watching my Father, who I noticed even when I was in elementary school never seemed to be depressed. Maybe it was because it was a simpler, less pressurized life then, but my impression was his constant whistling.
My favorite ways I deal with depression is exercise....Yeah, its hard to get started at times. But once I get out the door, I'm ready to get started. I do struggle to continue at times, but I remind myself how much better I will feel when I'm done. And I do!!! I feel like I can conquer the world! I have so much energy...I'm looking for stuff to do. My other method is my pets....I have 3 cats and they are so different from each other. Watching them I realize how they are like me. Mitze doesn't like to be bothered until she is ready for you. Shadow is very timid....like myself, he was abused and is very standoffish. But he can be soooo of affection. And then there is Sophie....she is a wild thing. She loves to play and is full of energy. She keeps the other 2 active. I can sit back and watch them for hours; The one thing they all have in common is purring. I love how they will be laying next to me in the morning just purring....it is so calming. When I am having a "moment" I just grab me a cat and start petting. The purr motors start up immediately! Stress just rolls right out of me.
A bad mood isn't the same as depression. The article title refers to "Bad Mood Busters" and the article they refer to depression a lot. While the advice seems good, it seems important to mention these are not the same.
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I also have fibromyalgia and I read an article that Sam-e, St John's wort and 5htp taken together can help Fibro pain, well it also helped my depression. That and trying to think positively seems to help keep my depression in check. I still have some bad days but don't we all.
I can think of lots of things that I do to bring up my mood, including exercise (especially on sunny days!), talking to friends, meditation and prayer, and wonderful hugs from friends and family. However, what really does the trick is fostering animals. I'm currently fostering 9 kittens!! It's hard to be down when you have a pair of kittens wrestling in front of you, a couple of them using you for a nap mat, and others figuring out the world of your living room! Plus the difference you are making in the lives of the animals and their eventual forever homes - it's awesome!
Aromatherapy, meditation, yoga.... Anything that includes body/mind/spirit healing and relaxation has helped me immensely with my depression or bad moods. I also like the suggestion of reading the bible along with prayer.
This article, waiting in my email, was so appropriate for today. I am alone this Christmas and thinking back to the only other Christmas I was alone - well, let's just say Christmas Day alone is NEVER going to happen again. My daughter and son-in-law will just have to get used to me being there and they can celebrate Christmas with his parents the weekend before! I did not think it would be a big deal but I went to Christmas Eve service last night and it was so depressing in a way. Everyone else there was with family. I did not see another single person. I just cried.
I am going to use one of the tips and get dressed, take a walk and think about what Christ did for me.
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