If you’ve been keeping up with us from the beginning, you know that Lilly and I have been through our fair share of trials and tribulations over the past four months. For 14 weeks, I’ve used this column to cover topics such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism, fear of adulthood, assuming responsibility and, in our most harrowing ordeal, Lilly running into the woods and remaining missing for five hours. If you’d never actually met us in person, I couldn’t fault you for thinking we lead somewhat of a gloomy or cheerless life.Read More
There was still about an hour of light left before the sun set on the weekend, so I grabbed Lilly’s leash and led her to the dog park yet again. Now that I’ve stopped letting her off the leash on our walks, I’ve been making an effort to visit the park at least once or twice a day since it’s the only remaining place she can run freely. I figured that, at this late hour, there would be few other dogs to distract her and we could practice playing fetch, an activity I’m happy to report she is starting to figure out. She’s now at the point where she’ll chase after the ball when I throw it; the second (and rather important) half of her game still needs some work.Read More
One of the most helpful quick-tips I’ve run across for dealing with bouts of depression is to imagine yourself with a stuffy nose. You know when your nostrils are all blocked up and you’d give just about anything for the relief of a clear airway, that thing you suddenly realize you always took for granted? Well, when you’re feeling hopeless, when it feels like there’s no joy to be ascertained from the world, it helps to recall the agony of a stuffy nose — maybe nothing has meaning and we’re all just floating hopelessly through the void, but hey, at least you can breathe in the fresh air, right? It sounds silly, but you’d be amazed how far you can get with some basic appreciation of everyday comforts.Read More
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