So recently been suggested a book by a friend called Felling Good: The New Mood Therapy (http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-The-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336 ). So far it's a great book and I think if anyone feels depressed they should really check out this book.

So the story behind it. Was talking to my friend saying I had been depressed off and on lately, and if you've read my LJ for a while you can understand (although haven't posted much lately... sorry). So he suggested that I check the book out and told me that there's a lot of writing involved. Well I wanted something and have been tired of doing nothing lately, letting my dreams fall by the way side while I sit on my butt, surf the web and watch TV. So once I got the book I took the little depression test in the front... and really was amazed at how badly I scored myself. I didn't really think I was that depressed and after reading through the book some figured I'm not as bad as some of the people he describes.

But either way just reading the book is making me feel better about myself. I'm realizing that my emotions are the number one cause of my depression and I am in control of my emotions. And also learning that I have to use reasoning with my emotions. I finally did one of the exercises today and it almost took my breath away at how much I wrote and that I wanted to continue. I mean when I pulled myself away from the paper I felt... I dunno exactly it was like I had finally gotten it off my chest and feel that I can actually do something now. I'm sure this is just a first step and need to work on other parts of the writing parts but I really want to do more to get out of my funk and if this is my first step in doing so then great :3

On another similar grain, I have been working on loosing weight by using a calorie counter program called LoseIt! (www.loseit.com ). It's a great site although thinking there are probably more comprehensive ones out there but generally it makes counting calories easy. I've lost about five pounds using is so far and the more I use it the more I see a downward trend. My goal is to get to 185 by December and hopefully I will get there. In truth just loosing any bit of weight is making me happy.

Anyway that's basically why I am feeling good right now.

Date: 2012-05-23 08:41 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] 7thwest.livejournal.com
Nice job, buddy! Keep it comin! :D

Date: 2012-05-23 11:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] cyan-icewolf.livejournal.com
Thanks. Now if it will just get me off my duff and do stuffs XD

Date: 2012-05-24 07:53 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] thrashbear.livejournal.com
I first read that book in late 2008. It was the beginning of teaching me how to control my responses to environment and situations. It wasn't the be-all, end-all, but a good start.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was also the core concept in my DBT classes a year later.

The thing is, it takes months or even years to incorporate these habits into your life to make them effective. The initial "AHA!" moments do induce a sense of hope and direction, but don't get discouraged if you don't see immediate results.

You've likely read about my recent experiences with "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. I'd put that on my "must read" list if you're looking for more guidance. Good luck!

Date: 2012-05-24 11:47 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] cyan-icewolf.livejournal.com
I actually have read part of the 7 Habits but didn't get all the way through it. Just never felt it was for me really.

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