OK, so I've started into Loretta Breuning's book, "Meet Your Happy Chemicals". It's a little slow going so I'm only at the point of identifying the problems & the solutions are further along in the book (at least I hope so). Finding the right alternatives for developing new & sustainable pathways (expressways) to stimulate those happy chemicals is the next challenge. Exercise helps but I can hardly drop & do 50 push ups every time I'm down in the dumps. Lurv helps but I live alone so companionship though useful is unlikely to be my solution.....(unless Briarwood is available). Food rewards are impractical when I can put weight on just watching others eat. Preferably, it needs to be something I can develop quickly several times a day to overshadow the smoking super highway. If anyone has some suggestions I'm opened to them at this stage, except social gatherings, dances & ole farts clubs are definitely not my go.
I know there are medications to treat depression & balance brain chemicals but I'd prefer not to become dependent on prescription medicines. it seems like a trade off of one problem for another.