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The Stories We Tell ... Continued

For the last two days, when someone has asked me how my day has been I have been experimenting with encouraging myself to recollect positive feelings and events instead of negative ones. For example: Yesterday I spoke to a student that I teach, and was touched by his interest and curiosity about the course material; today I sat on a bench in the sunshine: watching the leaves fall, smelling autumn on the breeze, and savoring the change of seasons. What positive experiences are you engaging in today?

By India Court MacWeeney
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery
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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