Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happiness and Accomplishment

You know the feeling you get when you feel like you've accomplished something? Its a great feeling isn't it? This feeling is happiness. You can have more of this feeling by setting daily goals for yourself. Goals should be hard enough to challenge you a bit, but not so hard that they're impossible. Here are some examples of some goals:

1. Find a job

2. Exercise at the gym

3. Go for a walk outside

4. Make a healthy meal to eat

5. Spend time with my family

Begin with small goals and challenge yourself more as you get more confident. Its always a great feeling when you feel like you've done something with your day.

Hope you're feeling good

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Anything is Better Than Sitting around and Doing Nothing

The worst thing you can do when you're depressed is sit around and do nothing. Doing this just allows you to dwell on how shitty life is. Get up. Go Outside. Do somthing. Do anything.

Exercising is much better than sitting around and doing nothing. You'll feel energized after. You'll feel better about yourself too.

Hanging out with people who care about you is better than sitting around and doing nothing. It feels good to feel like you belong.

Making art or other hobbies is better than sitting around and doing nothing. One way of getting rid of negative emotions is by expressing them through art.

Going outside for a walk on a nice day is better than sitting around and doing nothing. The longer you sit around in your house the more intimidating it is to go outside.

I know its tough to get up and get out when you're depressed, but its better than sitting around and doing nothing.

Hope you're feeling well

Friday, May 20, 2011

How to Stick to Treatment

One of the biggest problems with depression treatment is that about 50% of patients don't stick to treatment. This icludes patients who stop taking their medication, don't take their medication properly, stop going to therapy or stop doing things that make them feel better. Whats important is that you stick to treatment and one way of staying committed is to look at the advantages and disadvantages of treatment.

You can learn how to look at the advantages and disadvantages here:

Hope you're feeling well

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dealing With Your Past

Sometimes we have issues from our past that continue to haunt us. Its important that we learn to deal with these issues so that we can move on with our lives. You can learn to do cognitive behavioral therapy on yourself to change your useless and painful thoughts and actions concerning your past. Below is a page i've added to the website that teaches you how to do this:

Hope you're living in the now and not in the past

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Exercise And Goals

It is a lot easier to stick to an exercise program if you have goals. For example, "I want to lose 15 pounds before July", or "I wanna look like Brad Pitt in 6 months", "or "I want to be able to run 10 miles without stopping". My personal goal right now is to be able to throw a fastball 90 mph. I've has this goal for about a week and i've noticed that since I made this goal for myself I have been working out regularly, working out harder than usual, feeling more energetic and eating super healthy. Before i had a goal I wasn't going to the gym at all because I didn't have a good reason to.

Like I keep saying, exercise is one of the best cures for depression symptoms like insomnia, low self esteem, and low energy. So do yourself a favor; set a goal for yourself and get started. Some good goals to start with could be: "Get to the gym 4 days a week", "do aerobics for 30 minutes a day before work" or "lose 15 pounds before the summer". If you already work out regularly then you should challenge yourself even more.

Hope your feeling well

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Exercise is a Great Antidepressant

Have you ever felt depressed after a workout? I haven't. It can be difficult to get started exercising when you're depressed or when you haven't worked out for a long time. You just have to make yourself do it some how and stick to it. It might be hard at first because you're out of shape and you might feel sore after, but if you stick to it you'll thank yourself. Exercise helps with so many common problems associated with depression, like low self esteem, fatigue, insomnia and depressed mood.

I think the best kind of exercise isn't too easy and isn't too hard. You need to challenge yourself a bit to get the full benefit and the feeling that you accomplished something, but you don't want to work so hard that you're exhausted after and really sore the next day. You want to feel energized and relaxed after. You should experiment with different workouts and find the one that gives you the results and feelings you want.

If you don't know much about working out then it might be a good investment to workout with a personal trainer. They'll show you the exercises best suited for you and how to do them correctly to get the maximum benefit.

By the way, going to the gym is a great way of meeting people.

By the way, exercising outside during the summer is a great way to get some fresh air, get a tan, and get some vitamin D from the sun.

Hope you're feeling well

Monday, May 9, 2011

Presence Improves Mood

Being present is basically being aware of what is going on arund you and the feelings in your body. It is the opposite of being "in your head". For example, if you're speaking to someone you're attnetion is on them, how they make you feel, how they're feeling, what they're saying, how they look, the environment around you, etc. Your attention is not on worrying about what they think of you, or worrying about what to say next, or worrying about screwing up, etc.

When you're present you're in the moment. You're not thinking about your past or worrying about your future. You're bringing yourself fully to every interaction, every decision and every situation. You're being honest with yourself about what you want and who you are.

As you learn to be more present your mood should imrpove. You'll find that you're enjoying your interactions more with people, you're being genuine more, and you'll notice that people will appreciate when your attention is on them.

If you're a man you can learn more about presence and how to cultivate it at the Authentic Man Program. If you're a woman you can learn more at The Authentic Woman Experience. These programs are designed to improve dating and relationships, but they will also improve every aspect of your life.

You can find links to these programs at

Hope you're feeling well