If it can be said that there is anything good about depression, this is when you’ll see it. Assuming that you are feeling much better than you did a month ago (and if you’re not, please read A Note about Antidepressant Treatment), you may feel almost as if you’ve been reborn. After having been deprived of the ability to enjoy everything your life has to offer, you’ll notice that colors are brighter, sounds are sweeter, smells and tastes have more depth. Having had a lack of interest in things you normally enjoyed before being depressed, you may find, as I did, that you are all of a sudden interested in everything, even things you never thought about before.
Fitness (Mental and Physical)
Keeping physically fit is one of the best ways to supplement what your medication is doing. The more fit and less tense you are, the less work your medicine has to do.
- Sex? What’s that? Seriously, if your sex drive has returned, check out the Good Vibes web page for supplies and inspiration (21 and over only, please).
- I always know that I’m getting better when I start singing along with music. Then I usually put on some good music with a beat and dance around my room. Try it – it really gets the blood flowing, and makes you feel alive.
- I use skin care from Paula Begoun, because I have very sensitive skin, and her skin care works and is relatively cheap.
- I get most of my makeup from E.L.F. – good quality for incredibly low prices, and lots of sales and specials.
- Cosmetic Connection and MakeupAlley are all about cosmetics.
- Feel like fashion is fun again (as opposed to only noticing or caring that you were wearing something)? Get back in the swing of things at Fashion Net. If you’re a craft-y sort of person who makes your own clothes, check out Craftsy.com or PatternReview.com.
I know that when I “awakened” from depression, I realized that I had let the weirdest things go, like renewing my car registration. Other depressives, especially bipolars, may find that they need to get out of a financial hole, either due to overspending or just letting the finances go down the tubes. I hope you find something useful here to help you get things back together.
- Consumer World
- Credit InfoCenter
- How-to Guide: Getting Out of Debt
- Nolo has free and low-cost legal information.
- If you live in the UK near London, you might be able to get training in your home at a low cost from U Can Do I.T.
As your thoughts begin to turn more outward than inward, you may have some interest in discovery and learning.
- Khan Academy has free videos and lessons on almost every academic and computer subject you can think of.
- Coursera.org has both instructor-led and self-paced courses.
- Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater is a virtual planetarium; very cool.
- Exploratorium has many online activities.
- The National Geographic Society‘s web site hosts its magazines, books and television shows.
- Paleontology Without Walls
- Virtual Antartica kept me absorbed for over an hour in the flora, fauna and facts about Antartica and Virtual Galapagos was equally fascinating.
I realized when I came out of my depression that I had by virtue of the illness been very self-absorbed. Un-depressed, I looked at survival on a more global scale. If you do too, here are some earthwise sites to inspire you.
- Environmental News Network has environmental news, features and a calendar of meetings and conferences.
- The Rainforest Action Network page is beautifully done, with extensive information about getting involved in non-violent action to save the rainforests and their occupants.
- Sierra Club Home Page provides information about its programs, mission and chapters.
- I was surprised at how fascinating the bios of the individual wolves were on the Wolf Haven International page. It also contains photos of such wolves as Angel, Little John and Morning Star, who you can adopt.
- GardenWeb has gardening tips and links to botanical gardens around the world.
Now that you’re back to your old self (or better, as in my case) you might feel that you want to renew friendships that might have gone south during your depression by entertaining. Or maybe you want to just renew your acquaintance with good food and drink. Either way, the links below will help to get your tastebuds ready. Note: although I have links to alcohol-related sites, bear in mind that drinking alcohol can affect your medication’s effectiveness. Drink lightly, or not at all, and only make drinks for your guests.
- Go to CoffeeGeek or I Need Coffee for info and links to coffee sites.
- The Global Gourmet is an ezine devoted to food.
- For guides on how to entertain in the lounge style, head over to Cocktail Nation.
- Epicurious is home to Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines, and it’s very well done.
- If you’re ready to be adventurous in your cooking, consider using ingredients from Sunny Caribbee or EthnicGrocer.com.
- The Real Beer Page is for serious beer connoisseurs.
- Robin Garr’s Wine Lover’s Page is a good page for those of us who enjoy wine, but don’t want to make a career out of selecting it.
Tired of being an armchair traveler? If you’re getting the urge to get out and see the world for real instead of virtually, the sites below should be a great help.
- I love the Civilized Explorer. It’s got great photos and good writing.
- Conde Nast Traveler has a polished and comprehensive site.
- To get information about my most favorite travel destination, Disney World, go to the Disney home page.
- Lonely Planet delves a little deeper into the culture of different destinations than other travel guides.
- I’ve found some wonderful guidebooks called Eyewitness Travel Guides. They have tons of color photos, floor plans of landmarks, aerial views of cities, and facts about the area that are actually interesting.