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10/15/19 2:32 P

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Oh, I so know that feeling you are talking about. Any effort seems overwhelming. I learned many important lessons in therapy and one of the first was that as a consequence of my depression, I had an all or nothing attitude. If I couldnít do it all, I couldnít do any of it. My therapist encouraged me to take small steps. For example, a sink full of dirty dishes didnít need to be done all at once, just the silver ware or just the glasses. You get the idea.

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10/15/19 11:17 A

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It doesn't always have to be exercise with a capital "E". Moving is better than not moving, whatever it is.

Miller's tip is excellent. I noticed only months ago that turning my face up to the sun is an amazingly, gorgeous experience. (sunscreen) Listening to the birds' chirping in the morning makes a big difference for me, even though they are the ones doing the moving.

Can you muster once around the block? Take in the sounds and sights of what you think are thoroughly familiar buildings or spaces. You'll discover things you hadn't noticed before. Long ago I discovered that, if I think about myself just a tiny bit less and about someone or something else just a tiny bit more, I get a reprieve from the lowest feelings. It gives me a bit of energy to do more.

Maybe looking out a window is enough of a start or just enough in and of itself for the moment.

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10/15/19 8:39 A

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I found that it helped a lot to have someone to walk with. When I moved to my current location I found the local Sparkpeople team and someone on it who wanted to walk but her husband didn't want her to walk by herself. Knowing that my showing up made a difference got me to walk. We both learned that being active would help, so when she's stressed by work or I'm having a rough time with something, we push each other to get out and do something, even if its just for a few minutes.

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10/15/19 8:07 A

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Kris gave you some great advice and I hope her suggestions help.

My sister says even if I can't exercise, to go out and sit in the sun for 10 or 15 minutes. Being in the sunshine and close to nature (if you have trees, etc.) can be uplifting.

I hope things get better for you soon. emoticon

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10/15/19 3:52 A

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Have you spoken with your Dr about your depression? Are you being treated for it? If 'no' on either count, PLEASE talk with your Dr. He/she can run bloods to see if there is something going on medically, including low iron and your Vitamin D level.

Do you have therapy? If not, then I suggest talking with your Dr and if need be he/she can refer you to a Therapist to help you. Sometimes they give therapy for motivation, which in turn can be a big help in getting you started.

What is your nutrition like? A lot of people who are quite depressed tend to either not eat, or overeat on rubbish. Try to ensure that you get some fruit and veggies into your day, as well as lean protein and healthy fats. That will provide your body with energy it needs for both emotional and physical needs, which in turn might just help give you the 'oomph' to get up and mobilize a bit more. Getting out in the daylight is also a good way to help.

Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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10/14/19 11:52 P

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How do you get the energy to exercise when you're in a depressive episode? I'm having a hard time getting up to go to the bathroom, because it's ..way...over...there..., yet alone try to exercise.

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