I will pray for positive results as you move forward. I have had issues with depression, as well, and it is no fun. And my situation is not as deep as yours. But know I am your friend when you get lonely. God bless us every one.
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Thank you! This is great advice, and I find the aromas do work for me. However, I am limited to usage, as my husband has respiratory issues and does not tolerate very well the use of scented candles, room fresheners, etc. I am pretty much limited to using them only when he is not around, or using items that do not travel very far in the house. I will work to see if there are new aromas that may work for him, too!
Hi Donny. I can feel the frustration/sadness in your words. I believe the first thing I would do is devote as much loving time as possible to your dog. Making him happy is something you will never regret, and it is certainly not a waste of time. Make it your goal for him to love every day he has…because of you. It is a shame that we cannot know in advance how meds will affect us, rather than having to try them to find out. It is so hard to tell whether our low feelings are truly and fully in our nature, or if the meds cause some of it. My next suggestion is to begin your "getting out more" days by finding a pretty place you can just go and sit, while admiring your surroundings. This can be indoors or outdoors. I don't know what is near you, but maybe you would like a beautiful park bench where nature is at its best; people-watching in a public place, like a mall or downtown area; watching some kind of sport, again in a park or other populated area; or really anywhere things area happening. It is not necessary to have a group for this, so simply take a comfortable chair, park it in the best place you find, enjoy a snack/drink if you like, and sit silently as you take in all of the beauty and activity near you. OR don't sit silently if someone should happen to stop and pass the time. You never know! Do not go with expectations of how the time will end….just let it happen. While you are there, you will have many new thoughts as you see different things going on. Your creative juices may start flowing, and suddenly you may get ideas about things you would like to learn, hobbies you might undertake, groups you might join…any number of things. Those kinds of thoughts come from OBSERVING others to learn more about yourself. So…what do you have to lose? Keep following Dr.'s orders, but get out more…and take your sweet dog with you, if he wants to go! This can be part of making him happy, too! I hope some of this helps you; it has helped me. Enjoy the fresh air, and know that God is waiting to bless you! All good wishes!!