• Guest Post,  Living Out Loud

    How to Beat the Blues with 12 tips from Anecdotes of My Life

    Hello Winkies. Today’s post comes from Harjeet Kaur who shares with us her 12 tips to beating the blues.  Original can be found at Anecdotes of My Life; A very sensitive and taboo topic in India, depression was always swept under the carpet. Even highly educated and affluent families would rather hide it like a skeleton in the cupboard rather than seek help. Depression per se is a difficult thing to deal with, but it is not impossible to overcome. I do not know why there is shame and stigma attached to it when research says, one in every four people suffer from anxiety and depression. I see people around me in…

  • Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life

    21 secrets to handling depression

    I mentioned a week ago that I was having a Charlie Brown week.  It’s because September through December is the worse time of year for me. The last couple weeks were especially rough.  It reminded me that I am not the only one struggling through the holidays. Which is why I have decided at this time to reveal my top 21 secrets! If nothing else, it’s a list to remind myself of what works.  I hope that it is more.  I hope it is a list worth sharing with someone who may need it. Here is what I learned to do   I learned to acknowledge that depression and anxiety is now a normal part of…

  • Book Review,  Christi's Reviews

    The difference between bouncing back and plowing through

    I recently reread a soundbite from Inc.com about 10 things mentally tough people do.  It was titled, Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This. You might have seen and thought it was insightful.  The first two times I read it I thought it was okay.  Mostly because the way it read was not about being mentally tough.  It wasn’t about resiliency. Even though the author of the article shared the definition of Resilience, as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness,” he neglected to show that any of the 10 things mentioned would increase someone’s ability to bounce back from hard times. More importantly while this was directed…

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    Why I Survived Depression and Choose to Live

    Wow. I ran across an emotional post from a year ago. (Down the Rabbit Hole) A post that had ties to a more difficult time. I realized I left a lot of things unsaid. Mostly because I wanted to be a 100% sure I had moved passed it before I talked about it. I discovered that depression is not something you can give up when you’ve had enough.  It was easier to ignore and live with it.  It was like a friend who comforted you by telling you the world was a cruel place.  You shouldn’t dare hope for anything better.  This is all there is. Except I do remember…

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