Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety.

Posted by BoneHead @stsopoci, Mon, May 27 3:14pm

In my journey with the millions of humans who are brave enough to go down the path of recovery without alcohol, bad drug and more drugs, I have gradually more and more discovered how important it is to crawl out of my deep hole, bad attitude, self-importance, feeling sorry for myself, angry, sad, etc, etc, condition and more toward the LIGHT!!! That means changing and moving for me away from some friends that are very negative about everything. That means walking around the block when I get upset so I can calm down and see the light. That means taking care of myself, exercising, eating right and meeting new friends and keeping old friends that are well-balanced. Positivity in life is available to everyone and it’s FREE. I have gone on a path throughout my early days of self-medicating with lots of alcohol, drug, etc. I cleaned myself up in 1996, OCT 13th but I still did not feel right until I could ask for help from a professional. Found out I was GAD (inherited from my MOM) and a few other close seconds. I went on medication for years on various meds until I found the chemical that keeps me pretty normal. BUT, BUT…something else was missing because I still suffered through the negativity of every situation that I could create in a moments time.

I love these groups because you are honest with yourself which is very important.
Finding good friends that understand you and the importance of staying positive with your journey through life.
Taking good care of yourself.
We all are unique so what works for me does not always work for you. I’m on 20mg of Lexipro.
What do other people do to stay positive?

This was my first read, as I am a new member and it reminded me of what I have to do, foundationally, to optimize my health.

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@daisyrose

This was my first read, as I am a new member and it reminded me of what I have to do, foundationally, to optimize my health.

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Hi @daisyrose and welcome to Mayo Connect! I'm so pleased that you joined our discussion on focusing on the positive.

If you are comfortable doing so, would you share with us a little of your story? I would be interested in hearing how you have worked to focus on the positive. Do you have special routines that you follow, like meditation, prayer, exercise, reading affirmations, etc.?

I look forward to getting to know you better.

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Things that trigger your mood. 1. Someone says something 2. The weather 3. An nervous event coming. 4. Not exercising. 5. Not laughing 6. Staying alone 7. Not feeling well. 8. Expectations that didn’t happen. 9. Etc,etc,etc

It takes practice and courage and good friends to pick yourself up and keep fighting to better your attitude and point it to positive possibilities. Please try…..it works.

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@stsopoci

Things that trigger your mood. 1. Someone says something 2. The weather 3. An nervous event coming. 4. Not exercising. 5. Not laughing 6. Staying alone 7. Not feeling well. 8. Expectations that didn’t happen. 9. Etc,etc,etc

It takes practice and courage and good friends to pick yourself up and keep fighting to better your attitude and point it to positive possibilities. Please try…..it works.

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Very good list of mood triggers, @stsopoci. I appreciate your sharing those.

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My most positive and loyal friend is Jesus. And He is my best friend. He just is.

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Went bike riding yesterday with my bike club and once again my body released endorphins of positivity all over the day. I was tired from the heat of the day but it carried me through the day without the usual constant anxiety of the future. Exercise, nature, friendly people, summer days all combined make for a good day.

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@christinelouise

My most positive and loyal friend is Jesus. And He is my best friend. He just is.

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Hi @christinelouise

In your first post, you mentioned that exercise was helpful to you. What type of exercise do you most enjoy?

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@hopeful33250

Hi @christinelouise

In your first post, you mentioned that exercise was helpful to you. What type of exercise do you most enjoy?

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Teresa,
I love to swim. It's my favorite exercise all year around. I've made it a priority in my life. I drive 40 min round trip in the summer and 1 hour during the rest of the year in order to get to a pool. I try to swim 3 or 4 times per week and swim at least a half hour per time. I'm trying to build up to swimming an hour. It's very soothing and steady. I pray for people as I swim. One person per lap. It helps me count my laps as I plan who I want to pray for each time I go swimming.
Thanks for asking.
Christine.

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@christinelouise Id like to add my welcome as Theresa did . I love to do aqua exercise this helps me relax and also everyday I put on relaxing music ,headphones and chill out on couch. My blood pressure the last 2 Dr. visits was 118/64 so its calming my. I do exercise 3 times a week .

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Thanks for posting this, @stsopoci. I appreciated reading about what you do to stay positive. I like to have some regularity in my schedule as well, which is why I've started becoming more consistent with activities like prayer and meditation. What I've learned in the process is to take baby steps toward self-care rather than huge, unreasonable leaps that are impossible to achieve–less likelihood of setting myself up for failure and disappointing myself that way..

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@christinelouise

Teresa,
I love to swim. It's my favorite exercise all year around. I've made it a priority in my life. I drive 40 min round trip in the summer and 1 hour during the rest of the year in order to get to a pool. I try to swim 3 or 4 times per week and swim at least a half hour per time. I'm trying to build up to swimming an hour. It's very soothing and steady. I pray for people as I swim. One person per lap. It helps me count my laps as I plan who I want to pray for each time I go swimming.
Thanks for asking.
Christine.

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That is a great goal, @christinelouise. I love to be in the water, and I attend swim exercise classes! I'll think of you (and pray) next time I'm splashing in the water!

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@hopeful33250

That is a great goal, @christinelouise. I love to be in the water, and I attend swim exercise classes! I'll think of you (and pray) next time I'm splashing in the water!

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Thanks Teresa!
Sometimes I don't make it 3 times a week and it's okay. Try to the next week. I'm thankful I can exercise as there are many blessings in doing so.
Christine

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@christinelouise

Thanks Teresa!
Sometimes I don't make it 3 times a week and it's okay. Try to the next week. I'm thankful I can exercise as there are many blessings in doing so.
Christine

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I mean Thanks Hopeful.

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@christinelouise

I mean Thanks Hopeful.

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Hi, @christinelouise – when you want to be sure that another Connect member sees your message, you can use their @username, such as Teresa's would be @hopeful33250. Hope this helps.

You talked about learning to take baby steps toward self-care rather than huge, unreasonable leaps that are impossible to achieve. Sounds like an important lesson. Have you had experience with taking too big of a leap with self-care that didn't work out?

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@christinelouise

Thanks Teresa!
Sometimes I don't make it 3 times a week and it's okay. Try to the next week. I'm thankful I can exercise as there are many blessings in doing so.
Christine

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@christinelouise I understand. My goal is 3 times a week, but twice a week is my usual. I feel so good when I go.

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