Depressed? Do your bad days last too long and thoughts of your past haunt you for too long and your mind feel like a prison of misery? If so you’re not alone, 1 in 5 us of suffer from demons in our mind they don’t go away by themselves. More of us are going to the doctor and getting a
So when the dark days affect our work, family and friends and us we need to do something. Depression is disabling, even mild depression can make you feel like life is not worthwhile, now we’re here for a good time, not a long time, and why should anyone put up with being down and wander through life in a grungy haze?
Even children and teenagers are suffering, we think of kids and teens being happy hedonists enjoying the best years of their lives but they are unhappy, 1 in 12 are so unhappy they self-harm, these are shocking figures that need to change.
You could go to your doctor, they may well prescribe pills but these aren’t in cases of mild depression because of side effects, these are nasty, they range from going off sex to not being able to stay still and ironically the can make you commit suicide. Talking therapy is available but even the NHS website admits services need improving, many could be in for a long wait for short term therapy.
One form of self-help is walking, this is my happy pill of choice. When you’re feeling down and the gym is a luxury you can’t afford it’s really great therapy. Walking doesn’t solve your problems but it does help you solve them yourself. If life is a puzzle walk and by the end the pieces may well fit a little better. There are great side effects to nature’s anti-depressant, a better body is just the start, walking can help you avoid cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Anti-depressants may seem like an easy option, there has been a trend to look at all of our ills as a chemical problem, but we are designed to make our won happy chemicals and they work better than the ones made in a lab and the affects last longer.
So when the Black Dog comes, walk away from it, helping yourself, not taking pills and getting a better body have to be better than popping a pill of chemical happiness.