i’m back

This past year, I was sliding down a slippery slope. I was a shell of my true self. A different person. You see, depression runs in my family and I’ve had it once before (a long time ago).

Unlike last time, I got help sooner than later.

I met up with a psychologist who’s bio spoke to me. She was trained in yoga, helping many clients recover through both yoga and meditation. These are two things I LOVE so I was hopeful.

During our first meeting she mentioned her 8-week class that was about to start: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Here’s the blurb about the class, “This 8-week group provides proven, innovative skills to help you break the cycle of depression and anxiety once and for all. You will learn strategies that help you see clearly that thoughts and emotions come and go, Many find that these skills help them side step the mental habits that lead to despair, excessive worry, and self-blame. Hands-on skill building exercises are taught that incorporate mindfulness (attentional control training) and cognitive therapy.”

I finished the class in December and am now stronger, wiser, more mindful. I’m close to my normal self again and have great new tools to combat any negative thoughts or depression lurking around the corner.

It’s such a relief.

I believe in fate and this sure was an example of that. I stumbled upon my psychologist on google, she’s a yogi, her class was perfect, and she’s even located 1 mile from my house! That’s unheard of out here in suburbia. Usually you have to drive at least a couple miles to get to where you’re going!

On our last day of class we got to pick out a little token to remind us of how far we’ve come.

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I’m not sure where I’m going to put my little stone yet but I’d like it to be in a place that I see it daily, frequently. The mantel?

Now that I feel capable of tackling projects and this blog again, I can’t wait to update you! You know I may have done things like survive a marathon (?!) and convert to a vegan diet (?!). We’ve also completed a couple of snazzy house projects and have a lot more in the works. Oh and I might have another animal. Hehe.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with you again! It’s gonna be a good time.

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16 comments on “i’m back

  1. Shannon says:

    So glad you are back!! Can’t wait to read about your projects again.

    I myself am working on making time for mediation. I hope you will post about what you learned working with your therapist. I am very interested as I am sure many other are, too.

  2. elisariva says:

    I have missed you so! Your strength is amazing – to admit to self that help is needed requires strength. To write about it is humbling yet necessary and requires incredible strength! I am so happy you found someone close by and relates to your values. As for the stone – by the tooth brush? Dashboard? Next to cell phone charger?

    Yeah! Adrienne is back!!

  3. That’s so awesome, Adrienne! Welcome back! 🙂 And I’m glad you liked the class. It sounds like it was really good!

  4. Glad you got some help and are feeling better than you were.

  5. 🙂 I found your blog in my reader, it was recommended to me and I’m glad I found it. As a mental health professional, I know firsthand how hard depression can be to treat. I commend you for making such a courageous step to reach out and to put such effort into getting better. Clearly it has helped you. Plus, MBSR is great, I’m so grateful to have the reminder of it so I can do some of the meditations- so helpful! I look forward to reading more postings. Welcome back, take it slow, take it easy and enjoy 🙂

  6. Little Sis says:

    Good to have you back Adrienne and so delighted that you found help and an approach that resonated with you philosophically. Welcome home to yourself.

  7. Mom says:

    We missed reading about your projects and so glad you were able to recognize yourself and get the help you needed. Welcome back!

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