It is a beautiful day on my deck at our lakefront trailer in Ontario. This is a special place for me where I can rest, relax, refresh, renew and recover from life and all it throws at us.
March 2019 was my last post, five months ago. At that time I was experiencing such severe headaches resulting from computer eyestrain that I had to take a break. Since I am still having eyestrain whenever I use the computer I have concluded that my season of blogging has come to an end after 11 years.
I am not sad about this. There is a time for everything and I think the time to say goodbye is now. Blogging has been a satisfying and fulfilling experience for me and apparently I have even helped a few people!
If this is your first time visiting 'Depression Getaway with Wendy Love' don't go away just because I am not blogging anymore! There is a lot of good stuff in here, all designed to inform you and encourage you. The blog will stay intact even though I will not be adding to it. This blog can be a great resource for you, and let's face it, we need all the help we can get.
Depression, no matter what form you experience, can be an insidious and relentless illness. Finding treatments that work can be as frustrating as walking through a maze. Doing that alone is impossible. Reading this blog will make you feel less alone.
Encouraging others battling mental illness has been one of my life's missions.
The other day as Casey (my little Yorkie) and I were leaving church (yes he goes to church with me) a new family wanted to greet him. One of the children asked my why I had a dog in church and I said "because I have a mental illness called bipolar disorder and he makes me feel better."I try to address mental illness as openly as if I was talking about the weather. I am as open as I can possibly be and that opens doors to talk to others who are suffering.
There is no comfort that compares to talking to someone who has experienced the same kind of challenge as you have. If I am not open about it I don't get those opportunities to listen and encourage and make someone feel less alone.
But I have some good news to report! I have been feeling well for four months now! I have not felt that well for that long in over twenty years! You are probably wondering if there is any reason for this? I am not sure but I think it is my little dog I got about a year ago.
The comfort and companionship are just like anyone with a dog has experienced. But the real bonus with my dog is how calming he is for me. Just petting him makes me feel better. And he seems to know that his job is taking care of me. He spends a lot of time on my lap but even more time when I am a little low like he knows I need to rest and he is going to sit on me to make sure I do!
It is wonderful to end my blogging days on a high note!
Now the dog is the last thing I have added onto my long list of things I do to help me live well despite bipolar disorder. I have a psychiatrist who I see four times a year. I take my medication faithfully. I take something to help me sleep. I eat well (about 75% of the time), I walk every day, I make sure I get plently of quiet time expecially after I have been busy. I try to make time to do the things that I love such as sewing, painting and writing. I try to avoid activities and people I don't enjoy.
I can never to forget that taking care of bipolar is a full-time job. If I don't do my job well I will get sick.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? How are you feeling today? Are you taking good care of yourself? Do you have a treatment plan in place?
Don't give up! There is hope for depression.
So long for now!