Posted by Gracie2 on November 26, 2001, at 21:27:52
In reply to Re: There is Hope for Everyone, posted by Fi on November 18, 2001, at 7:18:30
Yes there is hope for everyone, and there have been excellent suggestions made in this thread.
In the first place, I've always been the same way, even when I was a young child...I've never been perky or bubbly or optimistic or even particularly friendly. I don't think this is so much being anti-social as simply being shy.
In the second place I always figured, if you expect the worst, you cannot be disappointed. It's almost like my life's motto. At the same time, it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
My pdoc told me to please try and manage a good brisk walk every day, in the sun if I could manage it. I don't have an excuse for not doing it, because I'm fortunate enough to only have to work part-time, and I have a large dog that desperately wants and needs the excercise.
I also very much need a hobby, so I'm going to start a saltwater aquarium. That should be keep me busy, even if it's digging the dead fish out of the water. But I'm going to learn as much about it as I can before I start this project.
Don't spend all day in bed or in front of the TV.
Excercise and get out into the sun, if you can make yourself do it.
Find something that really interests you; start a creative hobby.
Help others more unfortunate than yourself.
Keep alcohol and drugs to a minimum.
Don't isolate yourself- talk to people.
Take care of yourself. Keep your appointments with the doctor, the dentist and the hairdresser.
Read good books.
Listen to good music.
Keep your surroundings and yourself clean.
Gracie the Depression Expert