Laughter is one of the best antidotes to depression and the book “Colemanballs” provides just that. The cricket season has begun (surprise it’s not raining) so here are a few quotes from the gentile world of cricket.
“Sometimes you’ve got no choice where you’re born” – [Geoffrey Boycott]
Sometimes through the experience of Blogging you come across a real gem. Be it a web-site, a blog or a person who shares the common journey with depression it is a great way to find and share information, support and new friends.
A few weeks ago I received a comment on one of my posts from a reader who has just created the fabulous All Things Depression blog. Fascinated by the title I duly investigated and discovered one of those gems. The site purports to provide “strategies for anxiety, depression, and anger. It does just that and the articles resonate with many.
I had to laugh to myself when I randomly opened a page in a book I was looking at and came across this series of statements with the question, “Which of these apply to you?”
I look after my diet
I exercise regularly
I spend at least 30 minutes a day doing nothing
I meditate often
I drink fewer than 3 cups of coffee a day
I am comfortable with silence
I plan my day
I work in a job I like
My efforts are recognised by my superiors
I take regular holidays
I am seldom bored
I have a pet
I have an active social life
I can see the positive side of change
I laughed because I didn’t even need to look at the title of the chapter to guess correctly that it was about stress and how it can be “measured”.
I laughed more because all the things listed above can reduce stress and I still don’t do many of them. And then I cried.
I cried because most of these tasks are simple and should be an automatic part of anyone’s day but I still find them difficult to put into practice. I should look after my diet, I should get enough exercise, I should take time to relax and take holidays. I should do a lot of things but they just don’t get done.
So trying to take a positive approach I am going to think about small changes I can make so that the next time I come across questions like these, instead of laughing ironically, I have a nice, smug smile on my face instead. 🙂