How can I live a better life?
August 25, 2013 10:21 PM Subscribe
After years of depression and self-medication I'm trying to live a better life. What should I be doing?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
For the last five years I've somehow lost my way. Following a rather messy divorce I became very depressed, something only recently diagnosed, however I appear to have been quite unaware that this was happening. I have self-medicated a lot, alcohol and food mostly but drugs and sex were in the mix also. My behaviour, anger issues mostly, combined with a heap of social anxiety brought my job and relationship with many friends and girlfriend to an end around a year ago and six months ago I moved to a remote and rural area in order to start afresh and get myself together. Three months ago I visited my new GP, the first time I'd seen a doctor in a decade, and prescribed 20mg Fluoxetine to be taken daily and advised to exercise and improve my diet, cut down on alcohol, abstain from drugs full stop. There is no provision for therapy in this area but he recommended some CBT books and exercises to go through. I've found the first couple of months on the SSRI to be a bit of a roller coaster, I basically hid in bed for six weeks but now seem to have come through the fog and am feeling much more positive. After easing myself back into freelance work my money concerns are alleviating so now I'm about to start to build myself from scratch, mentally and physically.
Tomorrow I begin running (C25K) and am mixing in some strength training as exercise. I have about two stone to lose to get back to my safe BMI. I've also filled my fridge with healthy, clean foods (fish, chicken, green vegetables, fruit) and am drastically reducing my alcohol intake. I haven't used drugs in months and my current location prohibits that possibility even if I wanted to. Socialising here is difficult, I am a little isolated geographically so there is the positives and negatives of solitude to consider. I have been celibate for a year. I live in a beautiful place, nature is close at hand.
My question...what things that bring value, joy, happiness and meaning to your life could you recommend integrating into my life with the intention of improving my physical and mental well being for the better, long term? I wish to live a better life than the one I have lived so far.