Depression: Some ways to kick it

I try to stay positive in my posts, but I also think it’s important to be honest about where you are at.

Since I had an ankle break in February and I’ve been out of work for longer than I’d like to admit, depression has been a factor in making it harder for me to get through my days. Depression makes everything harder. You don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to exercise. At least that’s what it does to me.

One of the most important steps to getting over a depressive phase, for me, is to exercise. It’s crucial for my mental and physical health to keep moving. I don’t always want to do it, but I know that once I do, I feel better. I sleep better and I feel better about my life.

Depression makes everything harder. You don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to exercise. At least that’s what it does to me.

Another factor in getting through depression, in my experience, is to get out of the house and be with people. I find it incredibly hard to face people when all I want to do is hide under the covers, but when I do force myself to get out of the house and be with people , in whatever fashion, I feel better. Sometimes it’s as simple as going to the coffee shop.

There is nothing easy about beating depression. I’m in the midst of it and there are good days and very bad days and some where it’s horrible in the morning and better in the afternoon. I’m not going to write a top ten list of things that fix depression. I’m not a doctor. There’s no magic pill. I will say that it takes strength to beat a serious depression. It’s not a joke. It’s not something that is easily fixed. I am hopeful that I can come out on the other side of this. I just have to keep moving and doing the best that I can.

One Response to Depression: Some ways to kick it
  1. Abby
    June 2, 2010 | 1:03 pm

    Sometimes I think talking about it is a huge step. Depression can be a very lonely and debilitating disease but having a forum to talk about it, in a safe way, can be liberating and then all of the sudden it loses some of it’s power. Hang in there. I know it’s not easy but you’re doing the right things.
    .-= Abby┬┤s last blog ..Part 3: Metabolic Changes During Pregnancy =-.

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