Depression: Learning to Deal

Depression sucks. Some end up drinking and drugging themselves into oblivion because of it. Causes vary by what you have or do not have such as a job, relationship, money or a dream aspiration unfulfilled. Either way, if it feels out of control, talk to a pro. There are meds you can take or natural remedies which can be just as effective (see Adviseman article: Depression: Let Nature Pick You Up). Below are some non-med, non-herbal remedies for dealing with occasional depression.

Battle the Blues with a Fellow Mantra
In the face of mild to life threatening adversaries, these people have come through or sacrificed themselves leaving passed along words that just may reap volumes in a sentence or two surpassing all the self-help books combined. Print it and Refrig-Post-It.

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. -Eleanor Roosevelt

It is never too late to be what you might have been. -George Elliot

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. -Helen Keller

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.  -Pythagoras

Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm. -Murray Gell-Mann

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. -Dodie Smith

You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.  -Albert Ellis

One ceases to recognize the significance of mountain peaks if they are not viewed occasionally from the deepest valleys. -Dr. Al Lorin

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.-Thomas Edison

Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself. -Nathaniel Brand

Other Quick Fixes for Depression
It is an illness when debilitating and controlling your life, however handling mild depression with some of these quick fixes may be helpful.
• Forget the Label – Constantly verbalizing that you are depressed will continue to convince yourself that you are. Sometimes, positive affirmations rather than succumbing to negative labels can slowly help lift you up.
• It Will Disappear – Knowing that depressive feelings will eventually disappear is as good as seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
• Get Some Touch – Massage or simply hugging friends can release the feel good brain chemical serotonin.
• Happiness Eats – Stay away from foods that drag down your energy like processed, packaged sweets or sodas. Eat live fruits and vegetables and feel the happiness surge.
• Sun Move – Get out of bed or off the couch. Moving the body through a sun filled day does two things: 1) It forces stagnant energy to move and energize you. 2) Sunlight is a natural vitamin and dopamine (another feel good brain chemical) enhancer.

Yes, depression sucks but if you grab a hold of it with your teeth and shake it off it will go back in its hole and leave you alone.


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