Any ideas of how to shake this off? I don't want to do meds. Seriously, I don't want to be a walking zombie (no offense to those that take it, but they do have an adverse effect on me).
Just a thought, hand in there.
sportsfan - Definitely not a runner, but I do workout daily. It does help. There are days where I can't focus and do fail at the workout. But for the most part, it is good!!!
This is what helped me: Set a goal each day. Something little, something you've been putting off, just something. Then congratulate the heck out of yourself for completing it. Be kind to yourself. It is so hard to function after an affair. Any accomplishment should be a giant high five to yourself.
I do need to treat myself lightly and congratulate myself for progress.
Physical activity is also an excellent natural antidepressant.
I did take antidepressants, but VERY short term (less than six months, with the last month or so slowly titrating dose down so that I had no symptoms of withdrawal).
I never felt like a zombie--my dose was not high (this was more easily achieved using LIQUID Celexa, because with a liquid, you can titrate doses more minutely)---and the meds really did help kick the depression's butt when exercise and diet alone did not quite do it.
For one thing, it made good sleep possible---and that was a critical part of the puzzle.
Once the sleep part of the equation was conquered (and sleep aids did not do this---I needed an antidepressant), I titrated off rapidly. Was the depression gone? No. But good nutrition (again, I emphasize the good-quality omega fatty acids and nutrient density) and LOTS of hard cardio kept it in check until...Bam! I noticed that I was all better.
(Lots of good, interesting work helped, too--especially when it involved helping others. At first, my concentration was poor enough that that work demoralized me. Once I was on the road to recovery, though, it really bolstered my self-esteem and recovery, though.)
I know you say you don't want to do meds, but I bring up the use of liquids because dose can be so much more tightly titrated---it's something to keep in mind if you find that time and doing all the other "right stuff" doesn't do the trick.
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