A lot of us suffer from depression and anxiety to some extent, Hooven. I have, for years, dealt with bouts of depression. I experience at least a little anxiety every day. A little anxiety is okay, for it's a great motivator. If I was okay with just about everything the way they are, I'd probably be a complacent slug and doubt if I'd ever get much done.
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What do you guys do to cope?
Dealing with depression and anxiety is a lot like a recovering addict who works a 12 step program; it's a lifestyle decision and we must practise working that program every day
I cope with my depression and anxiety predominately through Art, exercise, spirituality, and humor. (Read my signature line.)
I have always done some form of exercise, but didn't realize how therapeutic it was until I had lapses and periods of inactivity. I exercise every day, even if it's for 10 minutes of weight lifting before work. I do small things, like park a good ways from the Hospital and walk the distance. I opt to take the stairs in lieu of the elevator. I go for relatively long bicycle rides at least twice a week. I have weights and an elliptical in my basement which I use routinely about 3-5 times a week.
After suffering from some symptoms of PTSD following a stabbing by a psychotic Patient about 20 years ago, I sought the services of an Art Therapist for about 6 months. She showed me methods in which I could express my feelings using my Art. I use those methods every day.
I read spiritual literature every day- something, anything to get my mind in a more positive space.
I attempt to live a healthy lifestyle. You are what you eat. Sometimes, I'm a big fat cow. But the majority of the the time I'm lean and green.
Immerse yourself in your endeavor. Make happiness and contentment what you eat and breathe and happiness and contentment will find you.
The very, very best to you, Hooven!