I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Humor and Recovery Go Hand in Hand

I have been really depressed off and on ever since not getting the call back for the NAMI job and yesterday was one of the worst for my depression. I am slightly ashamed to say that I spent most of the day in bed. When it got really bad, I called my minister for some encouragement and though I did feel a little better afterwards, not enough to get out of bed for long. But days like that happen in recovery-not everyday is going to seem as hopeful as the last and I think the best thing to do on those days is to be gentle with one's self.

So I spent most of the day in bed. So what? Today I'm working like I'm scheduled to and I did at least do three very important things yesterday:

1. Took care of the most important business: paid my bills!

2. Called a friend for encouragement

3. Let myself laugh!

Laughter is so important! My family's guilty pleasure is watching "Wipe-Out" together. I hate to say it, but this show makes me smile more than just about anything else right now. The people and the commentary is so ridiculous, I can't help it! Laugh along with me and feel your endorphines rising:

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