depression, experience, inspiration, self help, Uncategorized

How to cope

Yesterday at one of my art classes somebody asked me how to cope with depression. I looked at them going How did you know? Back in the days of college, oh my… I was so excited they asked me, so happy to help and so glad I am not there any more.

Just in case you were wondering how to cope with depression

  1. Eat. Seriously eat something real, not just doughnuts and ice-cream.
  2. Go outside, get some vitamin D while the sun is still shining. No gadgets, please.
  3. Ask for help. Don’t just suffer in silence. It can be a friend or a stranger, up to you.
  4. Engage yourself in art of drawing, cooking, singing, dancing or knitting.
  5. Find a Meetup group for something you always wanted to do but never got a chance to actually try.
  6. Write a letter or card to somebody who deserves it, an old friend or relative.
  7. Go to public library or city park to people/dog watch. It can be real fun!

Happiness is inside us but we do need contact with others to be our better selves.

I wish you the best of luck in your daily battles!

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job, Uncategorized

Volunteer

Since I quit my job I can volunteer, it makes me feel needed and appreciated. I want to recommend it to everyone but you have to hit the timing right to enjoy it. Timing is the key element in the secret of achieving the ultimate happiness. There is time for everything, I didn’t realize what it means really. It’s only now that I am enjoying cold rainy weather, never expected to be able to until we moved to Colorado. Sunshine is something we take for granted here. Rainy days are rare and appreciated more than anything. Maybe it’s just what getting older entails or maybe the time has come…

Becoming a volunteer can transform your life as well as mine. It’s like opening a door for opportunity and change. I hate unexpected and unwelcome changes to be honest, the things that I can foresee and be ready for are not as bad. Interestingly, the best things happened to me when I broke the routine and agreed to try something new like helping kids with disabilities or accepting the offer to be a counselor at summer camp. Only when you feel like you have nothing to lose you can find something precious helping others to feel better. So when you you finally get there you would probably wish it to last forever. But it too will pass.