Depression Getaway

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Category: inspiration

‘Hero for Bravery’ Award, JUST FOR YOU!

HERO? You? Yes, you!

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You are a hero, so am I.

You are brave, so am I.

Recently I watched a 'hero' movie, "My All American". In a grand hollywood ending, the 'hero' walked out onto a football field and an entire stadium full of people stood up and cheered him.

That should be us, we folks who are challenged every day with mental illness. We should be getting those cheers every day that we make it through another day without quitting.

Oh, I know that the idea of a hero usually indicates public acknowledgement. But let's forget that part and just think of the part where you didn't give up. At the end of each day when you go to bed you should imagine a stadium full of people cheering you on and saying "way to go, you made it through another day!"

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Depression Getaway’s Third Anniversary


I have been celebrating the third anniversary of this blog by posting one of my first series here at Depression Getaway. It is one of my favorites, about laughter, which I like to call 'Depression's Secret Weapon'. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

I started my first blog in June 2008. It was a fun personal blog and I share a lot of family stories on it. I started my second blog in April 2009. It centered on depression and I enjoyed doing some research and sharing what I was learning. These blogs are no longer online.

But it has been in this third blog, Depression Getaway, that I have settled in and made a home for my writing. As I continue to enjoy finding new ways to encourage people to never give up trying to find recovery from depression, I am more and more amazed at the courage of those who live with mental illness.

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Creativity and Depression:Part One

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Creativity and Depression

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Or maybe this post should be titled "Crochet Saved My Life".

Really, am I comparing a crochet hook to a lifebuoy? Well, sort of. Let me explain.

"Crochet Saved My Life" is the title of a new book by Kathryn Vercillo. You will definitely want to check this out!

Not only does the book describe how crochet helped Kathryn through the dark days of depression, but also how it helped many other women who are also challenged by a chronic illness.

These stories are inspiring and encouraging and filled with hope.

Whether it is crocheting or any other hobby you may choose to pick up, having a creative interest, working with your hands and your heart can heal and help and preserve sanity better than any therapy or medications.

Now don't quit your therapy or stop taking your medications because I said that!

But do read the stories about these amazing women and how crochet saved their lives.

Or read the introduction to the book and see if it grabs your attention.

This week I am going to share my own personal story about how working with my hands saves me every single day. Do you have a story you would like to share with me? I would love to publish it on my blog.

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Get Inspired for a Depression Getaway: There’s No Excuse, Inspiration is Free

Get inspired? Me? I am depressed! Nothing is inspiring when I am depressed. And people who try to be inspiring when I am depressed just make me more depressed. As a matter of fact, they make me angry!"

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Believe me when I say that I understand where you are coming from. It is impossible to get inspired when you are depressed. It is like training for the olympics with two broken legs. It is impossible. I get it.

But when I talk about the many different depression getaways, I will be talking about something to do when you feel okay. An athlete trains when they are able to train. They rest when they must rest.

We who suffer with the challenge of depression could take lessons from athletes. Do you like comparing yourself to an athlete? Or is that too much pressure?

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