In light of Oprah’s Life Class coming to Toronto and my inability to get tickets, I thought I’d share with you some tricks this week on how I got through certain hardships of life and come out with a lesson.

This one is a biggie; fighting my daily mild depression

I remember a time when waking up was such a chore.  Oh that’s right, it was this morning!  I wake up every morning thinking “Why did I wake up?”  It’s been like that for over 20 years I’m sure.  Some mornings are better than others, but most of the time, my dark knight of the soul appears at daybreak.

I have always been scared of prescription medication since the death of my brother who was a prescription drug addict.  I fight scripts from the doctor like the plague telling him that alternative medicine or solutions is the way to go.  While I have a case of mild depression there are some things that I do each and every morning so that dark knight take over.

PLEASE NOTE: My life lessons on fighting depression works for me, but by no means will it work for someone who is severely depressed where the dark knight of the soul is constantly around.  Seeking medical assistance sometimes is the only cure.

What are the 10 things I do each and everyday to avoid that dark knight of depression?

  1. I force myself out of bed eliminating that dreadful thought from my mind.
  2. I wake up at least forty-five minutes ahead of anyone else.  I need piece and solitude.
  3. I write.  Whether it’s a blog post or in my journal, I write something as I drink my morning coffee.
  4. Be accountable for your actions.  Never hold the burden of someone else’s actions.
  5. I try and listen to 1 positive podcast a day.  My favorite is Wayne Dyer (You need a wisdom membership to Hay House to access this)
  6. If I don’t want to do it, I don’t. 99% of the tasks we stress over CAN wait until tomorrow. Don’t procrastinate, but don’t over burden yourself.
  7. When the dark knight appears in the day, it’s normally a trigger that sets it off.  I change gears and do something different or avoid the person causing me grief.
  8. I breath and tilt my head back asking myself will this affect me tomorrow?  In two weeks?  Will it kill me?
  9. I have started to exercise.
  10. The most important thing I do to prevent myself from falling into a dark hole is eliminate any “small stuff”  negatives in my life.  There are only three big things that matter; my husband, my daughter, and my son.  The rest can be replaced.

Life is too short to wake up wishing we didn’t.  Life is a blessing that has to be cherished.  That dark knight can take over rather quickly with the negative that we face on a day to day basis if we allow it.  I realize that it may be forever that I wake up feeling this way, the challenge is fighting it and getting through the day in a positive light that matters most!

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