Avoid heavy foods.
Be moderate in the drinking of wine.
Take massage, baths, exercise and gymnastics.
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water.
Change surroundings and take long journeys.
Strictly avoid frightening ideas.
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements.
Listen to music.
A.Cornelius Celsus, 1st Century AD
I love the sunshine on my face. Just to stand outside, away from my desk with the sun stroking its warm fingers over my face is bliss for any soul.
I fear the winter and the darkness that comes with it.
Avoid heavy foods perhaps, but eat what you enjoy in moderation. If you count chilli as a heavy food, I’m in trouble.
Alcohol is always on standby, but see the above.
Insomnia is my occasional unwelcome guest. I can nearly always tell when he will visit in advance, and the next day you can tell because of my red eyes and drifting mind.
When despair takes my soul; I always want to run away. To be anywhere, but where I stand at the time.
I only just realised a few months ago how important this is to my anxiety: Yes! Strictly avoid frightening ideas and situations and places and meetings and people and people and PEOPLE.
But funny people and friends, are the drug I need to get through this life.
Music is a way forward for those in depression, but select your sounds carefully: No Coldplay. I have a special playlist that contains songs that are cheesy and make me smile. They are meaningless and are attached to nothing from my past; they are just sounds for a happy NOW.