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Last week I told you my new book had gone to be formatted and was almost ready for prime time. This week, I can tell you it is published and up on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. While this has been a journey for me and I’m proud to have reached the finish line, I’m most excited about the difference it has the potential to make in so many lives.
Did you know that more than 20 percent of women over the age of 40 in this country take some kind of prescription medication for depression or anxiety? It’s true, and for many years, I was one of them. Paxil ended up being my medication of choice although that was after trying several others that didn’t work for me.
Did you also know that one of the most common side effects of taking an anti-depressant is weight gain? What if you could relieve your depression by changing how you eat, get off your medication and by doing so, lose unwanted weight? For me it happened, and I so strongly believe it can be a reality for others that I spent untold hours writing and rewriting my experience and my journey to a life that is free of depression and a bit slimmer.
Don’t misunderstand me…I’m not saying every day is perfect. Life still happens and some days are better than others. But you handle it differently. Let me give you an example. Our best friend’s daughter got engaged last week. They had been together for about five years, and the announcement, while expected, was still exciting. We couldn’t be happier for her. The day after they became engaged, she found him unresponsive and having seizures. We learned yesterday afternoon that he has a brain tumor and was in emergency surgery; then last night we learned that he has advanced brain cancer. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows… I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking about the situation and how cruel it is; how unfair. I can’t imagine how she feels.
I tell you this to make the point that today I am tired; I am sad. I can’t believe this situation and what they are going through; how a bright future became such a tragedy in a moment. But…I am appropriately sad; I am not depressed, and that is a huge difference.
If you struggle with depression, I hope you will imagine for a moment not feeling depressed. Not feeling enervated and hopeless. Feeling like you have some measure of control over how you feel. I couldn’t imagine that feeling before I experienced it, and my doctor had told me my depression would only get worse as the years went by. He was wrong.
I’ve written “Eat Your Blues Away” to share my story of recovery and victory over depression with the hope that you too may experience a similar renaissance. I’d love to hear comments and feedback, and of course, questions are always welcome.
This article was originally published on my site at http://thinstronghealthy.com/depression-recovery/
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com Cheryl offers ongoing information and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.
Her new book, “Eat Your Blues Away” is now available on Amazon!