Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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babies. I haven't got any of my own yet, but if I'm really depressed, and then I see my boss's babies adorable smile, or hear his laugh echoing in the kitchen, it really cheers me up.
When my DP keeps trying to make me laugh and break me out of it a bit, and he keeps going and going until I realize how absolutely ridiculous my avoidance actions are, no matter how big my fear and depression, which makes me laugh at myself, and then its really hard to be very depressed instead of mildly depressed.
Sending a message to a friend and hearing back from them in some way that makes me feel like they care, or hearing from someone else who cares. It reminds me how many people care about me, which I often forget, and which helps.
sunlight (or even just getting outside when its grey. or even just opening the curtains or turning on the lights helps somewhat though getting outside helps a lot)
the dreaded e word (exercise). I'm happy to do active things I love to do (dance, krav maga, wrestling with DP, hiking, though its hard to get the will to do them sometimes even though I like them), but fear the e word. so I avoid the word. I just took a krav maga class and if I can afford it, actually might start regular exercise for the first time in.... 2 years.
The occasional moment of grace: when all of the sudden, you notice how amazing the world is, how stunning and unique and sacred. once I walked out of work right before christmas, and there were no cars racing by, utter silence at dusk, the only people in sight a mother and daughter in a santa hat walking by, and it seemed like time stopped for a moment.
food. I get so crabby when I don't eat, so eating regularly and yummy healthy food is important, though I'm often forgetting. (at least I got past the sugar and processed food blues long enough that I don't really even crave them and my idea of a snack is healthy)
Caroline, partner to J, post partum doula, kitchen manager, aspiring midwife, soon to be nursing student, mama to my furbaby, someday a mama to not so furry munchkins, G-d willing