For the last post in this series, I thought it might be interesting to list a number of other changes I notice in myself when I'm depressed, and when I'm not.
5. Music. When I'm depressed, I don't listen to music. While I know that music is healing, I don't like the "noise" when I don't feel well. When I'm well, I love listening to and playing music. And my listening tastes are fairly eclectic. I love classical music, jazz, folk, rock (mostly from the sixties and early seventies), and musicals.
In fact, I can sing all the songs to the following musicals: My Fair Lady, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music, Chorus Line, The Music Man, Annie, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Chicago, The King and I, and Westside Story (and a few others I can't think of right now).
6. Exercise. When I'm depressed, as hard as I try, I find it really difficult to exercise on a regular basis. When I'm well, I participate in the following activities: Walking (I walk 3.2 miles around the park near my house), badminton, biking, hiking, and swimming!
7. Outdoors. When I'm depressed, I can force myself to garden and do outside home improvement tasks. When I'm well, I love being outdoors, and my favorite spots in Los Angeles are: the beach, Will Rogers State Park, Temescal Canyon State Park, the Palisades Park above the Pacific Coast Highway, The Huntington (pictured above left) the Santa Monica Bike Path, and so much more.
8. Cultural Activities. When I'm depressed, I try to force myself to go places, but it's never easy. When I'm well, I love going to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (pictured above right), McCabes Guitar Shop, The Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theater, The Getty, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and so much more.
9. Interesting Neighborhoods. When I'm depressed, it's difficult enough to walk around my own neighborhood. When I'm well, I love to explore different neighborhoods in the City of Angels, including, Chinatown (pictured above left), Little Tokyo, Pasadena, Third Street Promenade, Watts Towers, Westwood/UCLA, the Miracle Mile, and so many more.
10. Entertaining. When I'm depressed, I find it very difficult to entertain people at our home. The last think in the world I feel like doing is sitting at a dinner table and trying to pretend that I care about what is going on in other people's lives when I can barely function. When I'm well, I love to entertain, and spend time with friends and family members. And perhaps this is the most difficult aspect of feeling depressed, because I know people just don't understand my behavior at all!
So...how do you deal with the transition from depression to wellness? If you decide to post about it, please link to this post or let me know, and I'll mention your blog so we can have a group discussion of sorts!
Have a lovely weekend! See you on Monday!