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My 10-Step to-Do List for Enduring Depression

September 14, 2016

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My 10-Step to-Do List for Enduring Depression

A plan of action to combat depression is necessary. While we may never be cured of this condition, we can take steps to suppress it. Some of these things may make us feel uncomfortable or at times seem down right pointless; however, I promise the more you do to actively combat your depression, the better you are going to feel in the long run.

As someone who has lived with depression for many years, I have learned there is no magical one-size-fits-all solution, but it's my hope that implementing even one of these steps can help you on your own journey.

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Comment by: Wayne Stump (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Tue., Sep. 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm UTC
Dear Josh:

Thank you very much for this--much appreciated, and I will bookmark this page! I discovered that I do also need to take medications (I'm currently taking an SNRI antidepressant). I tried to discontinue my medication starting three years ago, and all seemed okay for about four months following completely stopping (I did this in stages of gradually decreasing the daily dose). Then the symptoms emerged with a vengeance and I felt terrible distress. I restarted the medications with the advice of a psychiatrist, and it took about six months before I felt better mentally/emotionally. I am now more appreciative of the medication I take. But thank you again for your very sensible and helpful advice.
And of course, best wishes for your health and well-being in all aspects.
Sincerely, Wayne
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Comment by: Joshua Middleton (Murrieta, CA ) Tue., Sep. 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm UTC
Hey Wayne,

Thanks for sharing your story. I myself do not take anti-depressants however I know many that do. A lot of it is trial and error of working with your doctor to find out what best works for you. Studies have shown the best results come from those who combine some of the things I mentioned in this blog such as talk therapy in combination with anti-depressants. Whatever you decide along with your doctor and helps is whats important.

Glad to hear that you are starting to feel better. Keep your head up. It's a life long battle but some days are easier than others. Sending positive vibes your way for continued success. Much love and light from Southern Cali. We are all in this together.


Comment by: Ron Carpenter (Orlando, FL) Mon., Sep. 19, 2016 at 7:42 am UTC
Thanks for this, Josh! I've been in and out of depression a lot, too, and use a lot of these techniques. I've found that yoga, even a short beginner level practice, is very healing, physically and mentally. Something else I started a couple years ago is seated meditation. Nothing complicated - just sitting comfortably, focusing on the breath, and watching thoughts come and go. It helps to remind me that I am not my feelings or thoughts; I am so much more. Cheers and keep up the good work!
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Comment by: Joshua Middleton (Murrieta, CA ) Tue., Sep. 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm UTC
Good Morning from California,

I just recently started yoga and it was a very uplifting experience. Through the meditation process in yoga it actually brought me back to my day of diagnosis. It made me much more aware of being 'present' in all senses which was really cool. I'm no expert yet and just have a few classes in but I am starting to do it now on a more of a regular basis especially on my rest days in between workouts. Although right now it's still in many ways a work out of its own lol. It has me dripping with sweat every time I go and leaving feeling like a new man. Through time I am sure I will get better with the different poses ext... Do you know of any good materials I can self study yoga when I am not in class? Any info you could provide would be helpful.

Thanks for reading and sharing your story Ron. Namaste


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