#AtoZChallenge #ThemeReveal: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

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Once again I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge! It’s been awhile since I’ve participated but my heart was telling me to give it a whirl and I thought of a great topic right away.

For the duration of the challenge my theme will be about dealing with depression and anxiety. These are two evil demons that I struggle with on an ongoing basis and I wanted to share personal stories along with tips for dealing with these turds.

According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America):

Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million people (over 18% of the population!) in the United States who are 18 and older.

Major Depressive Disorder affects over 16 million people in the United States and is the number 1 leading cause of disability.

I was first diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder at the age of 15 after being sexually abused by a close “family friend”. Depression also runs very rampant in my family – I’m talking lifelong struggles.

With so much first-hand and second-hand experience with depression it’s pretty close to my heart. I’ve written a lot about depression on this blog which you can read here.

I’ve also written a book about dealing with depression called Crawling Out of Darkness: 12 Strategies to Implement Now to Help Battle Depression Naturally.

On this page I plan to keep a running list of links to each blog post I write this month that is related to this challenge. That way they’re all in one easy to find place!

A – Create Daily AFFIRMATIONS + 16 Examples to Start Using Now 

B – 5 Powerful BOOKS to Help You Navigate Depression and Anxiety

C – How to CHALLENGE Negative Thoughts + 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

D – A Quick Look At Depression and Vitamin D + My 2 Favorite Ways to Get It

E – EXERCISE to Treat Depression + My #1 Tip

F – 16 Anti-Inflammatory FOODS to FIGHT Depression + What to Avoid

G – How to Set GOALS When You’re Feeling Depressed + 6 Simple Steps

H – 52 Things That Make Me HAPPY (Now it’s Your Turn!)

I – 8 Strategies for Dealing with ISOLATION When You’re Depressed

J – 35 JOURNALING Prompts for Anxiety & Depression

K – ?

L – LAUGH Through Depression + 5 Ways to Get You Going

M –

N –

O –

P –

Q –

R –

S –

T –

U –

V –

W –

X –

Y –

Z –

The challenge begins on Sunday, April 1st and I’ll be blogging every day after that with the exception of Sundays. This is a huge undertaking for me but I feel like I’m up for the challenge! And I’m really passionate about sharing information about depression and anxiety.

If you have a blog I encourage you to join me in the challenge! Whether you decide to or have already accepted the challenge, feel free to leave a comment to your blog or theme reveal below. I’d love to come check it out!

If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge and/or want to see the other bloggers participating you can check all that out here.

xo Mindi

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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  1. Good luck with the challenge, look forward to reading your posts.

  2. My daughter struggles with depression–diagnosed bipolar. I’ll be back to get tips on her behalf. Thanks!

    Gail Park
    Making Life an Art

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and joining the fun. I’ll be following yours, as well. You know, I was blessed to live a drama-free life and could never understand people who just couldn’t be happy. Then, after a turn of events, God went… “Oh, bless your heart… here is what depression is like” and he gave me a firsthand experience of the ugly darkness, can’t get out of my robe, cry all day and CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT life. I did, eventually, shake it (because mine was temporary but devastating–even my doctor said, “Oh, honey… we usually treat people when they’ve gone through this over 2 weeks… and you waited 6 months to come see me.”), but the experience gave me empathy and a newfound understanding I didn’t have before. God is a trickster at times… gives us challenges so we can become better, more understanding humans.

    I can’t wait to read this… and my heart is with you. ~Dana

    Waiter, drink please!

  4. Shoud be an interesting topic! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  5. This is going to be a very interesting deep dive. We look forward to seeing what comes.

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