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How to Beat the Doldrums

I was on a sailing race recently where there was so little wind that it took 20 minutes just to get across the start line. And then it got worse! After two hours, we had gone only a few miles. All the boats were slowly turning around in place - we were literally in the doldrums. The race became a contest of patience - mind over circumstance. We couldn't change the wind but we could choose to stay in the race and make the best of it. Depression is like this. Our lives are sometimes not working for us. We cannot change our situation. We can only somehow deal with our difficulties until our circumstances improve.
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How to Overcome Exercise Issues

Exercise is important for our general health and it also part of effective strategy for dealing with depression. For depression, exercise can release "feel good" endorphins, increase the blood supply to your brain and give you a feeling of self-mastery. If you get some of your exercise outdoors you can have the added benefit of getting exposure to energizing sunlight.

In our recent poll on exercise obstacles we heard that a lack of energy was the most frequent issue - cited by 31% of respondents. Nineteen percent said that "it's too hard to do anything on a regular basis" and 15% cited physical limitations. All of these reasons might be rooted in thinking distortions about exercise. For example we might think that we can’t exercise because if we expand any of the very small amount of energy we have we will be even more lethargic. Or we may imagine that there is no form of exercise that we can do that would be worthwhile at our diminished energy level.   Read More »
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