Early Morning Talks: A Personal Journey | Part 1: Dealing with Depression after Surviving Heart Disease

Early Morning Talks: A Personal Journey | Part 2: Dealing with Depression after Surviving Heart Disease

The reality is I don't have a crystal ball, and I cannot foresee the future. The one thing that I can say for certain is that dealing with depression after surviving heart disease is hard. It is also difficult to talk about and to accept help from others when all you want to do, is hide in the shadows of your bedroom. You feel like the elephant in the room who no one wants to acknowledge because it would make them uncomfortable or distract from what they are supposed to be doing.

Resources exist to help you through rough patches, whether they're a result of a life-threatening illness or not. They're seldom fun (especially if you're in the middle of them), but they are important. Social support can make all the difference. Maybe your friends and family won't always understand why you're depressed or anxious; maybe they won't get it right away. But if you have some kind of social circle, know that people care about you and want to listen to you and help you when the time is right for you. They are resources for dealing with depression and getting better, it's just up to you to reach out and make that connection when you need it most!

Over the past few years, I've found many advantages to waking up early. For starters, it tends to be a less stressful time of the day to begin with. Also, you have a much better chance of hitting your exercise goals during this time of day compared to later in the day. And even more so, it tends to leave me feeling much more productive and accomplished throughout the rest of the day simply by getting those important items out of the way first thing in the morning. And rather than leaving you with such a profound and serious topic for today, I'd like to close things out with a "wow" fact. Did you know that on average, an elephant calf can stand up and walk within 30 minutes of being born? That's got to be one of the fastest recoveries ever!

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