My depression started in April 2011. I didn’t know at the time what triggered it. Yes, I had been working hard and traveling, but I’d been doing that for 30 years.

All I know is that one day I didn’t want to get out of bed. 7 days later I still didn’t want to get out of bed, so I went to the doctor. After describing my symptoms, he confirmed that it sounded like depression and gave me a prescription for an anti-depressant.

Within 2 weeks I wasn’t feeling better. In fact, I felt so bad, I cancelled a trip to a conference, something I had never done before.

By now my husband was concerned. He was very patient with me, even on the days I didn’t get out of bed. I know he felt helpless as I just sat and cried for days at a time.

Even on days I got up and wasn’t crying, I just sat. I let my business run on its own, often not going into my office for days at a time. Luckily, I had spent 15 years building a solid online business, so it was 9 months before my revenue started to decline.

Of course, like my people who are depressed, I didn’t talk to anyone about it. Yes, I did talk to a therapist, but it didn’t help, so I stopped. I cut myself off my friends and colleagues. And just sat in my chair, day after day. I’d like to say I was thinking great thoughts, but even those had deserted me.

This level of inactivity continued – for 3 years! It was a bad period for me, my family, my friends, my business – and definitely for my health.

How did I end my depression? It was a combination of two things – walking was the first. I started that in May, 2014. The second was wellness, which I started in September, 2014. By November, I was depression-free!

And that’s one of the things that compelled me to share my journey with you. If any of these ideas or activities can trigger a return to happiness for you, it will be worth it!

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