A new item to add to my list of things to help depression:
When you journal, if you don't already use cursive to write, try doing it that way rather than typing or printing. There is some scientific evidence that indicates writing in cursive activates different parts of the brain than printing or typing does. Two weeks ago I printed everything, as I have for the past thirty years. I started practicing my handwriting. Not only did I have greater pride in putting down beautiful lines of script, and derived enjoyment from watching myself improve, but I found that it put me in a calmer, more meditative headspace. So I would say at the very least, it's worth a try.View Thread
Speaking of dog walking, I've heard of a really neat program that some animal shelters run called "dog dates" or something like that. Basically, they let people who can't own a dog take one out for the day, for runs or hiking or play. It's good for the dog, it's good for the people, and it increases the adoption rate and improves the health of the pet.
If they don't have a program like that in your area, most shelters love to have people take dogs for walks and you might even suggest this as an idea. It's well known that a little person-animal interaction can often really help depression with many people.View Thread
I'm adding this to my comprehensive list of tips: check your thyroid. It can cause some pretty bad symptoms of depression if it's low. for best results, have all levels checked, and if your levels show good you are on levothyroxine, consider having your doctor try you on a natural hormone like Armour Thyroid for example. This is not an endorsement, just something to talk to your doctor about, because some folks do fine on the synthetic but others don't.View Thread
Thanks for contributing. I've just rediscovered the antidepressant power of moderate exercise as well. There's just something that gets the blood pumping. And one more thing that might sound counterintuitive.... a really, really good cry. It flushes out the stress toxins in the body and clears the mind.View Thread
Some people swear by meditation. Just plain deep breathing can help too. Shifting your view point so you start looking for opportunities instead of obstacles, that can help. Recognizing the areas where you actually have control, where you didn't think you did, can help you reduce stress.
Green tea helps you calm down, too. Warm soup or other warm liquids helps the body feel more relaxed. Exercise reduces stress. Music of the right kind (something you enjoy that isn't too fast paced) helps. Getting enough sleep helps.
Reducing stressors in your life, where possible, helps. Scheduling a little "you time" helps. Writing about what is stressing you out can help.
Lots of ways to reduce stress! I hope this helps you in some way.View Thread
Here's a tip that eases depression in two ways! I have found that blogging at this particular site that pays me to write about anything helps me get things off my chest, stimulates my creativity, and also promises to help ease the financial burden a bit. It gives me something to do, and that helps take my mind off my depression.
(There are several websites that do this. The one I happen to use is called Bubblews and pays one cnet for each view, like, or comment. I have made $30 in my first month but as you gain followrs your earnings add up pretty quickly. I don't get a commission if anyone joins, this is just the site I've tried and found to be reliable.)
Sometimes it can be helpful to connect with others, find ways to ease financial burdens, and have something to do. This type of site does all these things. Hope this helps someone!View Thread
That really is a tough situation. Especially if he's technically an adult but is having a lot of trouble keeping track of things. Maybe just tell his doctor/therapist that it's "come to your attention" that he's having a lot of problems academically but it's early enough to catch, and letting them handle it? Or initiate a conversation with him and just ask if he's having trouble and if there is any way to support him better so he can be successful? Impress on him how important it is, that this is a chance he will lose out on if he doesn't straighten up. If he asks you could say he seems stressed. If he calls you out on snooping, let him know you only look at his academic stuff and you don't want to see him throw his life away.
Not per se, just home done therapy using some of the same concepts CBT is supposed to cover. I am indeed feeling good. Part of that is learning coping strategies, part of it is due to outside influences.View Thread
That's awesome, Birdergal! It's the same for me. If I can get engaged in something that interests me, my depression disappears. Surrounding yourself with positive people and activities, as you have, really helps.View Thread