to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. I am so very sorry for your losses.My heart goes out to you. It sounds as if you have some unresolved issues with grief. May I suggest you read an article written by Spark Coach Dean Anderson called " Good Grief". All you have to do to access it, is type the title into the box at the top of the page. It may help you understand what is normal and what is not as you grieve for your lost family members. The Mayo Clinic can be googled for great information relating to grief too. All you do to access that information is to google Mayo Clinic/grief. Grief can be a huge part of depression. It sounds as if you are fighting some unresolved family issues in addition, as well. I can certainly understand why you are so affected by depression.
As Hanahascloudy, has said, exercise is one of the best way to combat depression. It releases all those feel good endorphins that make us feel better. Be sure that your diet has plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially dark, green leafy veggies which will help with your mood too. Take time for yourself. Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise and get as much rest as you can. Do you have a medical professional or therapist that you see? Are you on medication for your depression? If not, then perhaps you might want to make an appointment for a full physical with your doctor. Your physician may be able to recommend a psychiatrist or therapist for you to talk to if you don't already have one.
The site has so many resources and so much information, that it is wise to take your time looking around at all there is here for you. It is easy to become overwhelmed if you don't take it slowly. Change only one or two things in the beginning and let those become habit before adding more to your program. Perhaps adding 10 minutes of activity to your day and drinking 8 glasses of water a day would be a good starting point. If you need some instant inspiration may I suggest that you read some of the Success Stories, found at the top of the page under the Community tab. They are about extraordinary people meeting extraordinary challenges. They are very motivational.
Most importantly, stay in touch with the team. We care about you. Post often so that we can cheer your successes and encourage you along the way. We are so very happy that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb T.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance - Samuel Johnson
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