I usually walk my dog daily and was temporarily without her because of issues with the strata in my new building. I didn’t realize what an anchor these walks (and my dog) had been until they were gone. Petting a dog boosts levels of the feel-good “love” hormone oxytocin and decreases levels of stress hormones – I’ll attest to that!
Exercise boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, and has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants. I began working out for at least 30 minutes a day to great music (another mood-booster) in the gym downstairs and started dancing flamenco again. I also eventually found a way to be reunited with my little Tina, hallelujah.
Studies show that doing yoga several times a week helps symptoms of depression. I have a few 20 minute yoga programs on my computer that I’d found online; I downloaded them to my phone and did one every morning. It made my mind and body feel so much better, and I focused on breathing out my stress and other concerns. Read more