a reply to: ChiefD
My advice to you is firstly: Well done on taking this step. Being "chemically happy" works in the short run, but in the long run, you need to
identify what makes you happy/unhappy and to either 1) remove the things that make you unhappy or 2) remove yourself from the things that make you
unhappy. Or both.
If you've been on the pills for years, this is going to be hard, but the main thing is, is to stick at it.
Create new habits, you will effectively be changing your life (for the better) - so you need to get routines in place. Start simple, like getting up
and going to bed at the exact same time each day and add to this.
Another piece of advice: This isn't going to be easy. You will have days when you are feeling low. But you need to understand that this is normal.
Just get past it one day at a time. You may even be low, 2, 3 or 4 days in a row! But this is normal, you don't need chemical "rebalancing" -- you
just need to work out what you can do to "feel normal" or "content".
Last piece of advice: Self improvement.
You have taken on the first step to self improvement by giving up the pills. This is an
amazing achievement. Now you need to continue with "self improvement"; if you remain entirely focused on "self improvement" -- for example, again,
start small -- you eat a lot of chocolate? say to yourself, I will not eat any chocolate today. By the end of the day if you have been successful,
you will feel great about yourself because you have accomplished something you set out to do. But again, start small... and then in a years time, you
will be accomplishing things you never thought you could.
--Learn a new language
--Learn a programming language
--Bulk up like a meat-head with massive muscles
--Run a 5 minute mile
--Be an awesome parent
All those kind of things, things to keep you occupied.
And finally; I have found that if you can do something for 30 days. Initially it's hard to do for 30 days, but when you hit the 30 day mark -- you
have positively re-enforced a new habit, and after that 30 days - IT'S EASY!
edit on 27-5-2015 by socketdude because: spelling