Gary the digger
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Hey Gary the digger,

It's nice to meet you. I am glad you checked in.

Sounds like you have a lot going on. First, congratulations on reaching out for help and getting connected with a therapist. That's an important first step toward getting better. And glad to hear you are maintaining your job.

There are a few things you might think about doing.

First, I always encourage my clients to maintain their wellness. This includes trying to have a healthy diet, avoid the junk food. Getting exercise is also important, whatever exercise is reasonable for you (you might want to talk with your doctor about what is reasonable if you aren't sure). Keep in mind exercise can include taking a walk. And getting sleep in also important, having enough rest can change your whole perspective on life.

Also be careful about how much you drink alcohol beverages, if you drink. Alcohol is a depressant.

Doing things that relax you, and that you enjoy, is also important. If you have any hobbies, or like to go to movies, or listen to music, for example. Make sure you scheduling enjoyable activities every week. Activities that bring you in contact with other people can be especially helpful for your mood.

It's also important to get support. If you have friends or family members whose company you enjoy, this would be a good time to reach out and schedule time with them. Especially people who can listen without judging you or telling you what to do. Don't isolate yourself from others.

Basically, I always encourage my clients living with depression to stay active in their lives, to live a healthy and active life. And whether they are "feeling it" or not. Take positive action, don't wait to feel like taking positive action. Let the feelings catch up later.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. And stay in touch. Let me know how you're doing.

Gary

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