I have made so many positive changes in the last 2 months since my last depressive episode, I decided to tell you about it. Keep in mind that what is working for me, may not work for everyone but I do believe it is all worth a try. The first thing I did as soon as I realized I was feeling low was to force myself to get out of bed everyday and take my medication. Spring was here and I love the outdoors so I spent my time outside in the sun as much as possible. I noticed at the beginning of March that I had lost a few pounds. Losing weight has been a pain in my butt for the last couple of years, and now I had lost some without even trying. I decided to start tracking my progress again. I just made little changes, healthy choices really. For example, I mostly drink water, but I keep sweet tea from the grocery store in my fridge for an occasional treat. There are 105 calories in 12 oz of sweet tea from the store. Now, I make my own from home and add 1 tsp of sugar for only 15 calories. Plus it is way cheaper. Little changes like that have made my body very happy and have boosted my mood and confidence because I lost 5 lbs, 1.5 inches in my hips and I am only 12 lbs away from my ultimate weight loss goal! I can fit into so many old clothes! I’ve started walking a lot more. My daughter and I started volunteering at our local shelter and we walk the dogs at least 2.5 miles once a week and I take frequent walks around my neighborhood with my own dogs. I have started adhering to a strict bedtime schedule. I started this mostly because my daughter has to make sure she brushes and flosses her teeth every night. I set an alarm on my phone and at 9:00 pm we brush/floss our teeth together, we wash our faces, & put on our pajamas. I have some dark spots on my face, probably from the sun, so I researched some of the essential oils I had on hand. I bought Frankincense a while ago because it is supposed to be good for my mood. Come to find out it is great for your face too! I have been applying it (with my moisturizer.) Now I have the benefit on my face, and it helps my mood aromatically. After we are finished, I make some chamomile tea and we watch TV or finish homework with the rest of the family until bedtime. Then I take my medicine and I’m off to bed. Mentally, I have been trying to be more positive. It is easier to be a positive person when you feel good physically. Baby steps. That is what I am taking. Next, I want to incorporate some yoga in my morning routine.