One of the things I’m learning to do is to open up about my struggle with depression and let go of attempts to hide it or feel embarrassed or ashamed because it. I’ve always been a very private person, so admitting depression has been a learning curve and a challenge; for me, it’s been a test of personal courage. There are 3 reasons I am moving in this direction, and they affect you; so today I want to share them.
Did you know that in this country, over 20% of women over the age of 40 are taking some sort of anti-depressant medication? It’s a fact…over 20%! I was part of that statistic for many years; you may be as well. Are we just a depressed nation, or is it simply easier to take a pill than to dig into what you might be eating that is adversely affecting your mood? I’m no longer part of this statistic and want you to know so you have hope, too.
In my life, my major motivation has always been that I want to help people in whatever I do. I approached my years as a teacher that way, and have had that point of view for 30 years as a residential Realtor; the education of my clients has always been a primary goal so they can make more comfortable, better informed decisions. When I cured my own depression, very much by accident by changing what I eat, I thought knowing what changes I made and how making those changes totally transformed my life, my relationships and my mood might help you also.
The farther away I am from depression, the more confident I feel in my new happy self and the easier it is to open up in many ways, let others into my life and share my experiences. When I first realized I was feeling better, it was so different that while it was wonderful, it was also a bit scary. I had no confidence it would last. I thought maybe I was just going through a “good phase” in my life, and depression was giving me a bit of a break. I waited through two fall seasons, which were usually my toughest challenges with depression, before beginning to really share my experience. I needed the confidence of two years of not being depressed before I could believe it was a real and lasting transformation. It’s been 3 ½ years now.
As you can see, in admitting depression I am motivated by not being a statistic and by not wanting to see you be a statistic, by my desire to help people and by my confidence in my transformation from a depressed person to a happy person using only food as my medicine. These three reasons urge me onward to share my challenges, my journey and my victory. I hope my sharing helps you take steps to change how you eat that you may transform your life as well.
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC