Personal Stories: Coping With Depression

Charles Minguez

I write and share some heavy material regarding my past with addiction and depression, but I want others to know that I made it through to the other side and that life is fantastic. I think I can do that best by sharing the now.

Charles Minguez

What Does a Snapshot of my Life Look Like?

Well, I’m married to my best friend, and we have three beautiful children together. I’m a practicing Buddhist and teach meditation classes. During the day, I hold down a full-time job where I work with the top natural and organic brands in the food industry, and I have a Master’s degree in Journalism.

More importantly, I’ve been clean for many years, and even though I do suffer from the occasional bout of depression, it’s nowhere near as dangerous as it was during my teens and twenties. Now, I’m able to give my mental health more attention. I have tools for coping with depression  I use to deal with the nasty beast when it decides to show up.

When it comes to pharmaceutical drugs, I’m also clean. I haven’t taken a medication to treat my depression in over fifteen years. At one point in my illness, I was on a few different anti-depressants and anti-psychotic pills, but I weaned myself off.

Seven Tools for Success

Anxious feelings and depression can rush in at any time, and the monkey mind can easily run wild. How can we remain stable without slipping into a depression? We need a plan! I’ve found seven different tools that work together very nicely and much of what I share centers around these seven tools:

  1. Commit to open communication with a doctor
  2. Work with a counselor or therapist
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Eat clean, fresh foods
  5. Get adequate rest
  6. Cultivate a meditation practice
  7. Join or build a community

My Story with Addiction and Depression

You can read some of my favorite stories regarding my history with depression here:

Back to Life, Back to Reality – click here to read

Checking In and Check Out –  click here to read

I Want to Help!

It is my wish to help others through dark times, and I believe I can do that by sharing my story and the tools that have helped me to beat depression, naturally. So, I took all that I learned while studying Buddhism, journalism and the lessons from my past to create new content. I hope that you enjoy it and find some value in the stories I share.

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