The categories for the Rescue Yourself: CPR for Depressives blog are explained in detail in the Trail Markers post. I have summarized them here for your convenience:
- Companions on the Journey—Good friends, supportive family members, neighbors, therapists, doctors and other healthcare providers, depression support group members, members of your spiritual community, pets and other animals.
- Provisions for the Journey—The provisions and other gear you’ll find beneficial as you recover from depression. They include foods, supplements, a journal, a computer with Internet access, a quiet space of your own, guided visualization audios, art supplies, music, and more.
- Getting Your Bearings—Encompasses medical, physiological, and psychological information about depression; resources such as books, websites, articles, depression treatment centers, etc.; stories by or about other depressives and how they have coped, overcome, or triumphed; depressives in history.
- Making Tracks—Addresses how to move forward in spite of having depression. This includes radical self-care, healing grief, cleaning up incomplete relationships, clearing out tolerations, valuing yourself, belief excavation, taking action, honoring accomplishments.
- Milestones—Discusses how you know you’re getting better.
- Finding Your Way Home—Discusses purpose, right livelihood, developing a vision, gentle self-discipline, coming out of your “cave,” right commitments, spiritual exploration and healing.
- Forest Rangers—Articles especially for caregivers. Includes acceptance, self-care, emotional survival, knowing when it’s enough.
- Humor—Articles just for the fun of it. Some articles in other categories might appear here, also.
I have added some targeted categories that contain to-the-point exercises you can do to help yourself feel better. Select a blog post under one of these categories for a quick functionality boost. They include:
- Anxiety Antidote—Helps you get back on track when anxiety threatens to derail you.
- Depression Dodger—Stops you from entering a depressive spiral or busts one up if you’re already in it.
- Easy Energizer—Gives your brain a boost through exercise or diet.
- Insomnia Interrupter—Helps you get back to sleep, precious sleep.
- Morning Motivator—Gets you moving when you most need to and least want to.
- Perception Pivot—Reframes your thinking so that, instead of “stinking,” it’s empowering.