Mudcat Café message #627289 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #43033   Message #627289
Posted By: GUEST,Desdemona
13-Jan-02 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: sliding into a depression
Subject: RE: BS: sliding into a depression
Guest, I've suffered from depression as well (the past 3 years have been hideous on a number of levels), and I must say that the advice above re:getting SOMETHING done every day, be it ever so seemingly minor or ordinary, is absolutely key. I like the salami analogy; I always think of it as a huge pie...if you look at the whole thing in its entirety you become overwhelmed, but if you just small, manageable slices, it starts to get smaller, bit by bit.

This is a rough time of year; the holidays leave us exhausted, financially strapped, and looking down the barrel of several more months of winter. The advice about starting something new that engages you is excellent: get your mind & energy focussed on something that doesn't have any past associations or baggage.

Also make sure to take good physical care of yourself---eat nourishing food at the appropriate times, take that walk even if you don't think you feel like it, turn off the negative "tapes" when they start playing themselves, push yourself out the door to do an errand, CALL A FRIEND (so often I felt I was boring, or a nuisance, when in fact my friends wanted to be there for me if I'd only give them the chance)! You should certainly ring your doctor; maybe you need to resume your meds for awhile, maybe not, but I'm sure there are ways for you to pull out of the slump you feel approaching.

Look after yourself, don't spend too much time on your own & DO let us know how you're feeling!