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    alternatives methods for depression

    I have been wondering how to go about finding tools to help me with my PTSD. For a long time, I focused on nutrition. I had started being interested in how food affects our mood before Leo left us, I watched Hungry for change and made, at the time, some drastic changes to my diet. Not surprisingly when I started looking at books, I knew I was going to feature some books about nutrition, and that this blog would feature recipes.

    However I know there is much more than changes to your diet. In fact I am now wondering if focusing so much on nutrition for a long time was not an excuse to stay at home and not socialise much, if at all at some point, or just another way to control something when everything felt out of control.

    How did I choose these books? A quick google search, friends’ recommendations, as well as my intuition (hello, Wild Swimming). ‘Wild’ was nearly my word for 2019 (until I decided that I might need a word after all), and it does attract me so I am looking forward to exploring and seeing where it leads me, and share it with you here or on instagram.

    The nutrition/recipes books are interesting though. Anxiety and Depression by Dale Pinnock is written like a textbook, I find. That is not a bad thing, there is a lot to learn, and a lot of research already done that is referred to. It also includes easy to cook recipes. The second one is written by Rachel Kelly who has experienced depression and went to a nutritionist to get better (she was already feeling better when she got in touch with her). The book is the result of their work together.

    Both interesting points of view, with a lot of facts, and recipes. However looking at the recipes I am wondering whether the kids are going to eat anything and how far I can push them. They are not fussy eaters, but still.

    Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell has recently been published. Emma has had depression for 25 years and she writes in this book how going for walks, enjoying the seasons has helped her with her depression. I have not looked at it into details yet except for the rest part referring to the research into Shirin-Yoku, the Japanese concept of forest bathing (yes there is a whole book about it, that I will need to get).

    And finally Swim Wild by the Wild Swimming Brothers. I find wild swimming fascinating, and the effect on your mood is now quite widely known. The main issue for me was how to go on about it, where do you swim, what do you wear, how do you train, and all of that near me.

    This is a beginning, threads that I want to explore – some might be easier than others to include in my lifestyle than others. Also I realise that these books are not challenging me or bringing anything new, I just read some research about singing in a choir and its positive effect on depression, and this is way out of my comfort zone, but no less interesting from a research point of view. How brave am I feeling this year?

    Many have reached out to me already about things that have helped or books that resonated with them, and I am thankful for your suggestions. Please keep them coming either here, on instagram or by email.  

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