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Talking to a Friend is the Best Medicine for Stress or Depression

The latest research on depression points to a reduced need for talk therapy with psychologists and drug therapy with psychiatrists. Many counselors feel that mildly depressed people are just plain lonely. Ironically, the more we feel depressed, the more we tend to isolate ourselves from others and the cycle becomes self-perpetuating. When we are sick, or experience either a personal or monetary loss, we tend to feel alienated from all of humanity because we believe that our plight has made us so different from others. However, the most logical and simplest remedy is to get out and socialize with others who have experienced a similar problem or find people who are positive and uplifting to show you that you can come out of depression and become more cheerful; after all you just made some new friends. Here are some suggestions:The good things in life are freely or inexpensively available to all. All you need is the initial motivation to make a small change. Then you will become receptive to appreciating the little essentials of happiness.

For additional insight, mind/body prescriptions and physical exercises designed to overcome depression please read the chapter Training for the Times When You Live a Life of Quiet Desperation in my book Turn On Your Inner Light

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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