Lexapro + Wellbutrin XL Update: 6 Months

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I have taken a pretty long break from blogging to focus on my mental health, my family and myself overall. Everything is going well, I just needed a break I guess. I’ve been getting some fun projects done around the house and I can’t wait to share them here with you! Back in February, I started taking medication again. I started 10mg of Lexapro for like the 4th or 5th time in my life. My libido immediately started to go down {Read More}

L. LAUGH Through Depression + 5 Things to Get You Going

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I’m taking away the seriousness of this topic today. Laughing is a must and it doesn’t always come so easy when I’m feeling depressed. When I’m having a bad day or feeling really down and I start going down a rabbit hole, I force myself to watch or listen to something funny. It helps! Even if only for a little while. (yes, I missed the letter K because I haven’t thought of anything yet) Here are my favorite ways to {Read More}

J. 35 JOURNALING Prompts for Anxiety & Depression

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Ever since I can remember I’ve been a writer. I started with copying words and definitions from the dictionary when I could barely read, moved on to writing my own short stories during my elementary school years and eventually started journaling when I really started struggling with different issues and situations as a teenager – and even now as an adult. I’ve chosen 35 journaling prompts to share with you. One for each year I’ve been alive. Eeek! I’ve tried {Read More}

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

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We’ve made it to the letter “I” in the A to Z 2018 Challenge! You can see links to all posts here. As if feeling down for days and days and days isn’t tough enough… one thing that makes depression really hard to deal with is feeling isolated. I wanted to outline some strategies for dealing with isolation because it’s common and there are some things you can do to feel a bit better.   Symptoms of Isolation Physical aches {Read More}

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

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Before I get into today’s “H” post, I just wanted to document the workout I did after work. I think I might start documenting workouts again. I’m not sure if I’ll do it weekly or whenever I workout but I’ll figure something out! Lately I’ve been following Thinner, Leaner, Stronger which I’ve mentioned before in this post and several others I’m sure. Today was chest, tris and calves so I did a few bench press exercises, a couple tricep moves {Read More}

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

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I’ve realized when I’m depressed that I give very little time to myself. I don’t take the time to think about what I want in life, what I’ve accomplished, what I’d still like to accomplish, etc. I just worry instead. Setting goals is important in life because it gives you something to focus on and work towards. When you meet small goals, you’ll inch closer to your bigger goals.   How to Set Goals When You’re Depressed     Start small. {Read More}

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

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Depression is a serious mental illness that affected 6.9% of the United States’ population in 2012 or about 16 million people. There are some things you can do to better cope with your depression and possibly improve your symptoms. One of those things is keeping your diet mostly anti-inflammatory. First, let’s talk about what kinds of foods to avoid in your diet. I’m sure you have a good idea about this already. The following types of foods don’t really help {Read More}

E. EXERCISE to Treat Depression + My #1 Tip

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I started this “fitness” blog wayyyy back in 2008 when I first started working out. I started working out to try and lose the baby weight after my second c-section. I loved the results and continued to exercise regularly and years later noticed how much it was helping me cope with depression. You can read more about me here. Exercising or working out is not my favorite thing. I’m usually not excited to do it but I love how I {Read More}

D. A Quick Peek Into Depression and Vitamin D + My 2 Favorite Ways to Get It

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I am definitely not going to try and get all scientific when it comes to depression and vitamin D but I do know that vitamin D is important and you can’t always get enough from just spending time out in the sun. To summarize a bit of research: Low levels of vitamin D have been found in those with depression symptoms It hasn’t been proven if low levels of vitamin D actually cause depression Research suggests vitamin D supplements may {Read More}

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

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Whenever I’m really struggling with depression or anxiety I find it kinda helpful to read books about it. I don’t just stick to one type. I like a good mix of funny, inspirational and how-to. I’ve outlined my top five favorite reads EVER and I hope you find them useful too.   Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson From heartbreaking to hilarious and everything in between this is Lawson’s memoir about her struggle with depression, {Read More}