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Old 05-04-10, 02:11 PM   #31
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It may sound a bit nuts, but I love talking to my dog. She is always there for me. I also like to take her on walks through trails in forresty areas.
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It may sound a bit nuts, but I love talking to my dog. She is always there for me. I also like to take her on walks through trails in forresty areas.
Well if you're nuts for talking to a dog im right there with you. I talk to the dog more then anyone! literally!
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Collect any kind of magazine articles or self-help books you can find on not just dealing with depression, but also on improving self-esteem, and on characteristics, skills, and goals you would like to work on. I put any information I find in themed folders, and work out plans from there. The aim is to focus on the positive and growing as a person, rather than dwelling on the negative and the depression itself. Of course, its important to deal with the depression itself first, but its all about gathering all the information and advice you can get your hands on, and finding out what advice works best for you.
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Self help confidence books and meditation worked very well for me once, plus I had a life coach telling me to do all these things like schedule my days, so try that if you can be bothered. Truth is though, I just can't be bothered anymore these days, I'll read self help books and it'll just fall upon deaf eyes or blind eyes or whatever you want to call it, it all just sounds so cliche after reading several of those books. Meditation is so much harder than it used to be for me, it's impossible to keep my mind quiet for even 10 seconds now. As for the life coaching, I really can't be bothered scheduling my days and all that, if I'm not working or at personal training class or at the gym or playing basketball, I'm allowing myself to laze around on my laptop watching tv episodes or movies I downloaded. I spent a lot of money on a cd that helps you meditate with binaural beats called "Holosync" which I've been using for a year now and works really well but I don't do it everyday like I should. However, for anyone who can be bothered, I would highly recommend meditation. If you have trouble meditating, I highly recommend the ridiculously expensive "Holosync".
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In terms of long term depression where u are still able to go to work & function (Dysthymic disorder) I found going to the gym and swimming help to perk me up.

When I lapsed into major depression (recently) I found exercise was no longer making me feel better even after forcing myself to do it. The things that helped temporarily were going out for walks in scenic surroundings and being at one with nature, stroking/bonding with other peoples dogs as I dont have my own, getting out the house to spend time at my boyfriends house or mum's house, cuddles, going to see a film that I was looking forward to seeing, having someone else cook for you.

Im sure there are other things but there arent enough hours in the day. Also making plans to change things in the future which u might not be able to do anything about just yet, like work, plans to start a family etc.
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