I often travel to a local store called Faith Farm. It is a second hand shop where donations are sold. The proceeds are used to provide a one year rehab program for men and women with addiction. The workers in the shop are all in the program learning and earning their stay.
There is a wonderful book I purchased there a few weeks ago. It is titled The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People written by Stephen R. Covey. This is one of the greatest business and strategic writings about developing your mind.
One of the habits is called sharpening the saw. This includes learning to renew, strengthen and develop yourself. It advocates regular workouts, prayer, yoga, meditation and service. These combine to help your mind, body and soul.
When you are dealing with depression you may use this important piece of knowledge. You are able to take simple steps each day to keep progressing. This includes choosing healthy foods which will nourish you. It is so helpful to take a walk, dance, play tennis, bowl, swim, hike or any activity which allows you to exert your energy. The final step is sitting calmly, meditating, relaxing and praying.
These may seem small in the face of many other severe struggles. The idea of doing positive steps each day may help you win the long term road to real recovery. You are able to combine simple steps to slowly and steadily grow stronger and more stable.