The black hole syndrome
Part 4: How to get out of the hole
Avoid the causes or triggers of the black hole syndrome or find strategies to cope with them.
Force yourself to smile and laugh.
Face the sun, get the light and the warmth. Fly somewhere warm and bright in the winter.
If you can't get enough sun, create it inside. Light up your home --- everywhere. Keep warm.
Interact and socialise with other people. Human contact helps greatly.
Exercise. It is very important to move. Physical workout releases endorphins which make you feel good.
Create. Produce. Achieve. Do something to show progress.
Dress up to go out. The very act of getting ready to go somewhere and having something to look forward to changes you. For women, put on make-up and wear something nice. For men, shave and wear something nice.
Allow yourself to hit rock bottom so that the only way is up. Beware of the risks!
Forthcoming: book review of an e-book on depression
13 January 2005 Thursday