All posts filed under: depression

Stop rowing the boat!

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Acceptance / compassion / depression / harmony

I have been thinking about persistence, perseverance, resilience and the like. All good things, I am sure you would agree. Do you remember the Olympics a few years back when one of the rowers actually stopped rowing and caused her team to lose the race? She received lots of negative publicity. My question is, is it ever okay to say ‘I can’t give anymore energy to this’ ? Today I was pulling out some weeds […]

Uncertain Times

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Acceptance / depression / emotions / Meaning and Purpose

Our World has faced an unprecedented time these last few months due to Covid19. Each country has been impacted differently and has responded in its own way. Only history will help us see what we could have done better and what were our good decisions. My life hasn’t changed enormously but there have been some changes in the daily routines. We have missed the luxury of being able to go to the gym. I had […]

Emotional Landscape

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Acceptance / creativity / depression / flowers / Western Australia

What words would you use to describe your emotional landscape e.g. rocky, barren, overcast, filled with sunshine? A Year of Creativity by Brenda Mallon My response: Calm as the waters of Geographe Bay Stormy as the waves at Yallingup Beach Light and bright as the Spring wildflowers Gloomy as the clouds with strong winds buffeting me about. Of course it is an ever changing scene with sometimes all four occurring in the one day! Now […]

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What?¬†As part of that […]

What is the opposite of depression?*

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Acceptance / depression / emotions / Uncategorized

*According to writer, Andrew Solomon, it is vitality! That makes a lot of sense to me. I listened to his talk on the video below and could relate to much of what he said. I had my first encounter with depression when I was in my 20’s and have experienced it on and off over the years. I have used a variety of methods to help me feel and do better. Solomon raises the issue […]