Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

Help Yourself Feel Better

August 9, 2009

Do you ever feel anxious or depressed? If so, how do you help yourself feel better? If you’re like I once was, you may eat to feel better. I used to douse my troubles in food. Some people use alcohol or drugs to change their mood, others disappear into sex, work, isolation, or “vegging-out” on the couch watching TV. Alas, all of these “home remedies” are only temporary, and have many side effects (like obesity, substance dependence, lethargy, and worse — long term health problems).

Let me suggest some positive, helpful remedies to try instead. These stimulate the brain to make endorphins (which cause us to feel exuberant or happy), but with no side effects. Move. Walk around the block as quickly as you can. Dance. Breathe deeply as you do it. This is the best therapy for anxiety and depression that I know of. Laugh. Watch a comedy, or listen to a stand-up comedian’s tapes. Or go to a comedy club for a fun evening. Talk. Share your feelings with someone you love and respect. Tell them your innermost secrets. Let them give you some words of encouragement. Feel their attention, care, and affection for you. (Then give it back to them when they need it.)

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  1. Nancy Roberts
    August 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I like going to outdoor things like gardens, parks and occasionally a place to eat. A friend is a treasure when you have them. Telling them they are special is a good way to make the day better. Sometimes, I wish I had more of them left. At this time of my life though, it seems like they are only at church. Then it is hard to know them. You are right about sharing. Does that really happen? I hear a lot of people talk about themselves mainly. So how is it with you? Thanks for sharing. Nancy.

  2. Your Name
    August 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I just started to dance lately on my freetime at home before coming to work and walking for 30 mins.along the neighborhood when i get up early in the morning.I eat heavy breakfast then i don’t feel hungry
    the rest of the day.Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
    Dr. Chumley,i do my best to maintain my weight and thank you for your
    post.

  3. DONNA
    September 6, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I enjoy getting up before all the huhbub in town,and going for a walk with my dog.The suns just about risen 630-730am,and i talk 2 God aloud like hes walking with me.People must think im nuts,buti really don’t give a darn.I was on my way 2 a job interview,its about 4 blocks from my house and i prayed ALL the way there from the minute i left my house untill i stepped foot in the door,about a half a block away a ladybug landed on my sunglasses.Suddenly i felt this sense of peace go thru my whole body,he was listening and showed me im here dont fear.I went in confidently with head held high and it was like i had the job before i even got there!!and i did,i believe God has our lives already planned and when things are a mess,im runnin on selfwill,but when its aligned with God its like….ok God im supposed 2 be here so ill sit and wait till’the next cue

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