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Depression: how to get out of it

How many of you have gone to the doctor with symptoms you couldn’t even explain, only to be told that it was depression? From palpitations, to difficulty in breathing, to migraines, to mood swings, to sleeping all day…to name a few!

And what did they give you? Anti anxiety tablets, anti depressive tablets, sleeping pills, mood stabilizing tablets and so on.

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I was diagnosed with depression 10 years ago. We didn’t have at the time support groups or counseling. Family was the only support there was.

I was prescribed a medication that I took for 3 years; I couldn’t cry anymore. The person I was disappeared. It was terrible.

So I stopped them without asking anyone, I just stopped and tried alternative ways to heal myself. I discovered I wasted 3 years of my life “not being there”.

Now that I think about it, I realize that the cure is always within our reach, because it’s inside us. I am not a guru or a spiritual healer, I just read a lot of self help books, worked on my meditation ( from a book!) , walked a lot and worked on myself to truly believe that “this too shall pass”.

And it passed, it took a lot of time but it passed. Being happy is a state of mind we choose to have. No matter what the reasons are, we weren’t put on this earth to be miserable and depressed. We have to find ourselves the key to unlock our door and receive the positive vibes that are around us.

A few of the things that helped me:

Walking: It is the best sport for depression, even the doctor agreed! Just free your mind and concentrate on walking the distance.

-Find a mantra that works for you. Repeat it, a thousand times a day if needed. You will believe it eventually.

-Read a lot of self help books. They help.

-Try meditation, or regulating your breathing. They help to calm your heart rate.

-When you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t breathe, sit down and copy recipes, as many as it takes. Concentrate only on what you are writing. It will take your mind off your situation. (My spiritual healer gave me this tip, and I’ve tried it many times)…It works.

-Be around happy people. They will lift you up.

-Stop binging on comfort food, or alcohol. Eat healthy, vitamins help in reducing depression. (B complex vitamins work directly with the nervous system, and factor highly in mental health and emotional well being).

-Always be grateful for what you have, the other side of the fence isn’t always greener. There is worst.

Again, i stress that to reach this point of truly understanding and managing your depression takes a lot of time and work (work on yourself, work on your mood, work on appreciating what life can offer you ). Perseverance and wanting to get out of the hole you’re in is key. Think only about yourself. Because if you’re not in a good place , you will lose  your children, husband, wife, whoever is the closest to you.

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This is what I did. I would love to hear about your experiences too.

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