I struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety in my teens and early 20s. It was in the middle one of those battles, during my junior year of college, that I discovered yoga. A friend saw a flier for an eight-week yoga session at the campus rec cen... Read more
As if chronic depression isn't difficult enough, research shows that people with long-term or untreated depression are more likely to experience additional health concerns than the general public. The reasons for this are easy to imagine:
De... Read more
The idea that regular exercise can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety is not new. Hippocrates was the first Western physician to prescribe this treatment 2,500 years ago, and doctors have been recommending it to their patients ever since. All... Read more
I know exercise is supposed to help me fight depression, but how can I find the motivation to work out when I'm depressed?
Depression definitely can make it hard to find the motivation for exercise (among other things) because loss of intere... Read more
Most people have experienced sleep problems at one time or another, but what causes insomnia is very individual. There are actually two different forms of insomnia—secondary (when insomnia occurs as a symptom or side effect of something else) a... Read more
Lately I've been feeling really down and not caring what/how much I eat. I've gained 5 pounds in two weeks. My Grama is 100 years old (I am her primary caregiver) and my Mom is very sick recovering from surgery and have massive chemotherapy (we all... Read more
I had some form of a panic attack last night and feelings of unreality. This morning I felt exhausted. I've been trying to exercise 10 minutes a day most days of the week, but today feels impossible. Should I focus on de-stressing and relaxing, or sh... Read more
I am struggling to get motivated this time around. I know some of it is depression because I've got this weight to lose and because my recent efforts haven't worked. I have a gym membership but see all the thin people and that makes me feel worse ab... Read more
I am feeling quite demoralized today, been having small binges with chips and cookies the last few days and stepped on the scale and I am now up 4 pounds! Work and life situations have been very stressful and I fear depression is creeping up on me.... Read more
Taking care of yourself means not just your body. Talk to your family doctor if sleep disturbances, depression, or anxiety are concerns that good nutrition and exercise are not easily combating or creating overwhelming stumbling blocks to getting sta... Read more
Each time you get frustrated, place a checkmark on your arm (wrist/forearm) or someplace hidden. At the end of the day if you can still remember what you were angry about write it down or tell someone close to you. If not think was it worth getting... Read more
I don't have fond memories of grade school. I was a quiet kid who didn't get in trouble and got good grades. That meant I was picked on by some of the "cool" kids, which wasn't easy. It made me insecure about myself, and I still carry some of that... Read more
“So I find words I never thought to speakIn streets I never thought I should revisitWhen I left my body on a distant shore.”--T.S. Eliot, Little GiddingMany of you have probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging recently. As this situation is like... Read more
I continue to struggle with depression and anxiety. Both continue to run my life as I recently
found out. I was laid off from my job. I held it for eight months however, depression and anxiety
played a role in my performance.
I made a lot of... Read more
So many of us suffer with this in one form or another and to varying degrees.
It is still widely misunderstood and sometimes people even role their eyes as if we should 'just get over ourselves', or 'get it all together and let bygones be bygones.'... Read more
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