Christmas is a merry time of year! Well, not for everyone… If you suffer from depression you might find that Christmas might make you feel even lower due to the general pressure that you should be happy at Christmas and you should be celebrating. On top of that you are likely to see some members of your family that you wouldn’t want to spend time with usually, like this auntie who is going to ask you when you are going to get married and have children “because you know…you are not getting any younger!”
Or they might just point out this one thing in your life that isn’t quite how you would like it to be and makes you feel worse anyway.
So here are my tips to not let any of that get to you and allow you to actually enjoy Christmas this year! Continue reading “7 Expert tips to survive Christmas with your family”
“We are more depressed in winter”. This is one of these things that we have always heard and taken for a fait accompli without questioning it. But what if it did not have to be this way?
Continue reading “Why are we more depressed during the winter? It’s not just about daylight…”
Getting 8 hours of sleep is number 1 advice on all sources relating to managing depression. But why? Continue reading “Why getting a good night’s sleep can help you fight depression”
In “How To Survive The Winter” I talk about how I go into hibernation over the winter. I seem to be needing more sleep and heavier food to get me through the colder months. My body just asks me to slow down.
Continue reading “Learning to slow down”
Guest post by Sheleen from the blog dansmapeau.co.uk
How is it possible to care for someone else, if you can’t even take care of yourself?!
This is something I hear people saying all the time. I just didn’t get it! What do you mean take care of myself?! I’m a selfless person, I give. That’s just what I do. I don’t do me I do them.
Yeah right! Until the point where I completely burnt myself out. Maybe it’s part of the reason I became ill myself. Thinking that the people I was looking after came before me.
Continue reading “I AM worth it! And so are YOU!”
Can meditation help relieve your depression? Not everyone agrees. My very dear Yoga teacher Michelle Chand Michelle Chand certainly does not. She thinks that there couldn’t be anything worse than sitting in silence having to contemplate what is inside her own head when she is feeling low. Granted, if you put it like that…, it doesn’t sound too appealing.
Continue reading “How Meditation Can Help Relieve Your Depression”
Whether or not you should take antidepressants should be your choice. Antidepressants are drugs and they will have effects on your physical and mental wellbeing. This should not be a treatment that you agree to lightly. However it is difficult to know how medication will affect you if you haven’t taken any before.
I have been on antidepressants for 18 months. Actually I can now proudly say that I was on antidepressants for 15 months as at the time of writing I have been off medication for 7 days J. Getting off the meds need to be handled carefully, ideally with the support of the doctor who subscribed them to you in the first place. This turned out not to be as easy as I thought, which gave me the idea of writing this post, but this is getting ahead of ourselves. Continue reading “Let’s talk about antidepressants…”
If you are battling with depression I strongly recommend that you track your progress in writing. Why? Because it will make you feel better.
Back in December 2015 I was at rock bottom. As in I was crying every day, for most of the day, and all I could think about was ending it all. With the support of my friends I made the first step to recovery; asking for help. Unfortunately for me it was December, a busy time of year for counsellors in Denmark where I was living at the time, and I was given an appointment at the hospital… for January!! Not ideal when you are in the state that I was in… Going private was the same. It was impossible to get an appointment for at least 2 months. Continue reading “Why you should record your progress in a diary”
As you guys should know by now, I am a fan of personal development and all things coaching related. I have even managed to get myself certified as a life coach recently – who would have thought!
Back in April I attended the Ultimate Leadership Programme from Ed J C Smith. In one of the Q&A Ed shared with us his morning routine and told us he was starting his day every day by bouncing on a trampoline for 10 minutes.
Continue reading “Why you should get yourself a mini-trampoline”
Everybody knows smoking is bad for you. But apparently it’s even worse for you when you have depression.
Recent research suggests that smoking increases risk of depression because nicotine damages certain pathways in the brain that regulate mood. As a result, nicotine may trigger mood swings.
Continue reading “How I quit smoking and why it has helped me fight depression”