I have struggled with depression since the birth of my first child almost 25 years ago. I had no idea what was happening to me. I thought (at the time) that it must be the pressures of being a new mom. When the feeling of sadness (and physical pain) did not go away I sought medical help. I was shocked when my family doctor told me I had depression but, it was also a relief. A relief to finally know what I was battling. Now, I could sketch out my battle plan.
I turned 53 on January 29th of this year and, this has been (to date) my best year in a very long time. Here is what is helping me to find self-love and self-healing. Eckhart Tolle, his work is amazing. I listen to his books on CD while traveling to and from work. I meditate at least once a day. If I have time I meditate while at work. Meditation truly helps to clear the mind of negative thoughts and allows your soul to heal.
Exercise. I am back at the gym at least three times a week. When the weather gets better I will resume hiking and cycling.
I also see a massage therapist and chiropractor monthly. I have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of upper back pain. Note: Be very honest with your massage therapist and chiropractor. They are there to help you. No one should have to live their life in chronic pain.
This approach may not work for everyone but, I have finally found something that works for me. I am much happier (not all days are good), more excepting, less judgmental and filled with peace. I take each day and each moment as it comes at me. I don’t other think things anymore – I just let them happen and move on.
Each day we are here on earth is a gift. I don’t intend on wasting it!
— Susan Hitchcock