Today, I am alive and thriving. However, I know that: My two-year journey towards recovery has not been a straight line upward. In fact, shortly after getting out of the hospital, I wasn’t even sure there was a line. Or that there was a path forward. Two years later, it is getting easier to see my future. And I am back to planning future activities. This is … [Read more...] about Two Years Later, My Depression Has Lifted
My first thought is to ask how you define “getting enough sleep.” Now I can say I am in bed for 8 hours almost every night, sometimes a little longer. But I am not sure that qualifies as sleep. Most of my nights are a series of short naps followed by short times awake. This pattern had been changing to longer times asleep but seems to have reinvented itself in the past … [Read more...] about Am I Getting Enough Genuine Sleep To Guarantee My Mental Health?
I am a middle-class male who has worked since he was 10 years old. My career includes 43+ years in retail management and along with my wife, have raised 3 wonderful children. I have lived with Major Depressive Disorder for over 40 years. Depression often shows me paths to follow that end in my circling the drain and crashing into the abyss. My reason for writing is to let … [Read more...] about Real-Life Thoughts About My Life With Depression
We are already 11 days into 2021. And that nagging feeling of possible problems is still trailing behind me like Pig Pen's dust cloud in the Peanuts comic strip. Everywhere I go, I am anxious, and I cannot put my finger on it. Worse, I am lying about it to those that care about me. I AM FINE. Life is good. Things are going well. These are the stock answers I have when … [Read more...] about Over the next year, what 3 improvements would you like to make in your life?
If you are trying to improve your mental health, journaling has shown to be a particularly effective tool you can utilize. There are a lot of benefits that come from journaling regularly and it’s easy to fit into your daily routine. There are mornings when I cannot wait to get out of bed so that I can write in my journal. Here, we’ll look at just 6 benefits of journaling … [Read more...] about 6 Astonishing Benefits of Journaling for Mental Health