Here's my new method...
I've eliminated porn, pot, alcohol, cigarettes, sex (temporarily), masturbation, and sugar
And I'm making a daily effort to meditate twice for 20 minutes each, take supplements (fish oil, a multivitamin, and vitamin d), exercise (yoga, running, or crossfit), get at least 15 minutes of sunshine, do something kind for someone, socialize in a meaningful way (tell stories, share something exciting or upsetting), share my gifts in some way (acting, music, humor), floss, and journal (positive events and gratitude). My success rate in doing all of these everyday was 70% (49/70) for the first week.
My life has gone from an easy coasting to a steep upward climb. I've had bad dreams, headaches, fatigue, sickness, depression, haven't been able to get out of bed til 12 or 1 and have usually napped for an hour or 2. I've lost my enthusiasm and belief in acting and music, but hopefully they return as my chemicals start to balance out. Despite this, I've been more social, flirty, and energized when I do find myself around people.
This last Thursday (Day 5) affirmed the value of my efforts as I was inspired to go to crossfit AND yoga before my acting class where I was very flirty with a long term crush (the teacher, who's 65, no matter!), I started a food journal (counting calories to gain weight), was offered a possible and very exciting volunteer job, received an amazing text of appreciation from a past lover, was able to ask a friend for emotional support, was sought out for a part in a play, and finished reading Seth Speaks and started The Art of Loving.
Days like that remind me why I'm doing this.
So here again, compiled from many articles, TED talks, and personal experiences is my strategy for combating depression and feeling engaged, energetic, and happy...
Porn and other stimulating materials
Negative People (very important)
Implement on a daily basis-
Meditation (20 min x 2, best around 8am and 5pm, shows physical brain changes in ~6 weeks)
Fish oil and Vitamin D (3000 mg and 4000-5000 IU's respectively, show improvements in mood in 6-8 weeks)
Sunlight (15-20 minutes a day on at least 40% of your body)
Exercise (vigorous and aerobic at least 30 min 3 times a week )
Acts of Kindness
Socializing (with positive people)
Sharing of talents, gifts
Flossing (just for the hell of it) and
Journaling (focused on positive events and gratitude, rewires brain toward positivity in 3 weeks)
Here are some of my sources...
Will keep you updated,