Depression and Courage…Living with Depression Requires Courage
Depression and courage – Living as a depressed person requires tremendous courage and tremendous energy.
Functioning on a daily basis and keeping up with a world that is not depressed is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart. If you are depressed or think you may be struggling with depression, give yourself a break. Yours is not an easy road, but it is one that is shared by many; I used to be one of them.
It’s not so long ago, that I don’t still remember how it felt. It’s not so long ago that I don’t still get worried when I have a few bad days in a row that make me fearful that depression may be returning.
When I feel this way, I drill down on my diet so I am militant in what I eat and what I do until I feel better. I make sure I’m moving and get regular exercise; make sure I’m getting enough sleep. Sugar, simple carbohydrates and processed food come nowhere near me, especially when I’m feeling insecure about depression.
I haven’t slipped back yet, and it’s been 3 years since I headed down the truly simple, healthy eating road. You have to understand that the junk in processed food affects your mind both directly and through the imbalances created in your gut bacteria that affects the signals sent to your brain (more about that in another post).
You must wrap your head around the fact that you have a choice to eat well or not and to affect how you feel by the food choices you make. This is tremendously empowering; don’t take it lightly. Embrace it, and make it work for you.
It’s about choice in so many ways. I’ve often said if you were to put me in front of a firing squad and asked me what I wanted for my last meal, I would say a strong cup of black coffee and a donut (probably more than one…). You see, I love sugar and carbohydrates. I love stuff that isn’t good for me and that doesn’t serve me. I know I have a choice to make and that choice is between eating something that gives me a moment of pleasure and then makes me feel badly (in my case, depressed) and making the choice to eat to support a healthy mood…to live my life as a happy person who is not saddled with depression.
For me, the choice is a simple one. Decades of depression are not worth the junk food that has been designed to pull me in and take me down.
I choose to eat well to be happy. I share my struggles in the hope it will give you courage to do the same. If you need an “atta boy” from time to time, let me know. I’m here cheering you on!
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC