Helpful Tips for Fellow Depression & Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Hello everyone! Lately I have implemented a few things into my life that I do feel are helping my depression and chronic pain symptoms, at least to an extent. No, I am not cured, and I still have some really bad days, but I feel like these small changes have been for the better, so I wanted to share:

  • My psychiatrist has been trying to get me to take Omega-3 supplements for months now, and I finally decided to make sure I actually take them on a regular basis. I have been trying to take 2 supplement pills a day, one in the morning and one at night. It is supposed to be really good for depression and inflammation, so it is worth a try. I don’t like the taste or how huge the pills are to swallow, but I am making it work anyways.
  • I have read multiple places that people with fibromyalgia are almost always lacking in Magnesium when tested, so I started taking a daily supplement of that as well. I do think it has lessened the severity of the body aches and cramps I experience on a daily basis.  I also started taking a Vitamin C supplement in hopes it will help boost my immune system and prevent some of the chronic ear infections I have. I am trying to eat healthier, more natural foods too.
  • I have started practicing mediation on a regular basis again. I try to take at least a few minutes most days to meditate, focus on positivity, and allow the spiritual side of myself to shine. My husband and I have also been attending a once-a-week meditation group when we are able to. Having that time to connect with others on their own spiritual paths has been helpful. They all seem to be very open-minded and open-hearted individuals, which are the kind of people I would like to have in my life more.
  • Lately I have renewed my dedication to my own creative process and have felt inspired to create art again, something I have definitely been missing in my life. I simply feel better when I can create beautiful or unusual artwork, even if others don’t always understand it. Honestly, I create for ME. Yes, I sell my artwork and it fills my heart with joy to know that others appreciate and collect my efforts, but deep down, I create simply because I need to express myself.
  • Make it a priority to spend time with nature. Whether it is going to a park, hiking through the woods, sitting on a swing outside your own front door, or bringing plants, animals (pets), crystals, and other natural objects into your home, reconnecting with nature always seems to be healing and comforting for myself. Maybe it will be so for you as well.
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4 thoughts on “Helpful Tips for Fellow Depression & Chronic Pain Sufferers

  1. I take enteric-coated omega-3 capsules. They’re tasteless and I don’t get the fishy reflux I used to get with regular omega-3’s. I have no idea if it makes a difference for my depression or not, but I figure it can’t hurt.

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    • Thanks, I did recently see at CVS some much smaller Omega 3 pills. I don’t know if that is what you are talking about, or if it is something different, but I am thinking about trying those when I run out of the ones I have now.

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  2. I find meditation really helps too. For about 12 years I practiced Soto Zen (“just sitting” meditation) and mindfulness. I find the mindfulness most helpful nowadays especially if I’m in a lot of pain and it’s starting to affect my mood. It takes me out of that place inside me where everything hurts and my thoughts are darkening to beautiful real things like the sound of wind in the trees or the bells ringing at the local parish church. It’s like metaphorically walking into a sunny clearing when you’ve been stuck in a dark tangled forest.

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