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Managing my depressive moods

I normally schedule 3 posts a week (mon-wed-fri) , but if l do blog in between then it is something VIP to me. Today, it is about how l manage my depressive moods.

It is going to be a short post and one written on the spur so no crafting post and all.

Well, I think publishing the kind of book l did tells some about the ‘undiagnosed mental illness’ l have right?

So, before abandoning all and coming out here to try starting over, when l got real ‘low’, spending money both for myself and others especially my ‘street’ friends, helped me stay ‘cool’.

Now, when l get ‘low’ as l just did this morning, l write a blog post, read some more and above all, do some house hold chore or kind of basic work like washing the cups in the office etc. l cool down slowly but surely.

Tomorrow, you will read about one vital thing l do also thrice a week that make me very happy.

I sincerely think we all have depressive episodes or moods and we could try managing them, seeking for help if we can and reaching out to learn more about ‘such stuffs’.

l am learning so much online and maybe if l had known lots of these things back then, my life would have been different? Any way, l am more determined than ever to become a coach to help others too so that together we could really be merry all the way.

Dear gentle readers and followers, thank you for reading and maybe commenting? Even a like or share is a good enough signal.


Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist, a minister of the Word of God and...! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled over 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

7 thoughts on “Managing my depressive moods

  1. Marie, sorry to hear about your low moods. But you’re handling them quite well. You know what to do to get on top of it. I’m always here when you need a listening ear. Please feel free to call me when you want to talk.

    Keep smiling. Don’t worry. Be happy! 🙂

    1. Dear June,

      Thank you. Yes, it is survival tactics for me, all about finding strength in what remains. Sure I love talking to you and some other new friends l am making too. I am happy and this you know 🙂

  2. I’m having quite a slow day today so I can empathise fully. I woke up, from a strange dream that kept repeating through the night. I awoke and slept a few times, the dream returning every time.

    So this morning I awoke with that sense of dread, that I had done something bad or forgotten to do something at all. The sense that something terrible is going to happen.

    I’ve been trying to remain vigilant against the negative thoughts, it is a bit like trying to beat spam on the blog without an automatic spam filter. Anyone who is doing well against it should be proud.

    All the best,

  3. I have read a few articles on how to handle bipolar disorder because I get very emotional. Children even notice my degree of excitement and this keeps my mind working on whether or not silence is the option. Yes Silence to a greater extent can work when one chooses to speak only when it is necessary. Silence also kills because victim chokes up in a cage and cannot fly out of the bondage. The reason why my show ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ is some sort of a therapy to me. I get miserable when I listen to my guests talk and I cannot help them but listening to them talk and have them air out their grievances, relieving them of the burden of carrying such weight is already a step. When I received Claude Rosalie on May 24 to talk on his life with hermaphroditism, I was challenged by the eyes of society, knowing what they think about bi-sexuals. Listening to Rosalie speak gave me goose pimples but when he came back for feedback on the 28th of June (VOV 93 delved on the issues of deaf people in Cameroon) and told us how a couple from Foumbot (a town in the West Region of Cameroon) called him after the show and confided in him the need to have their 4 year old daughter operated upon because she had two genitals, I was ‘wowed’. Believe me you, this Muslim couple came over to Douala and had their daughter operated at the Logpom Catholic Hospital. The male organ was cut off and the girl is fine. Tell me, how this won’t be a therapy to me when I realise that a girl whose life would have been through torture, pain, frustration… because of her being a hermaphrodite (scientifically proven to have no connection with witchcraft as many believe)has been redeemed?

    1. Dear Amy,

      Thanks so much for stopping by my modest blog and leaving such a lengthy and soulful comment.

      What l can tell is that l am much more fulfilled since l spoke up about my challenges than before. Silence may be an option for some but l really think it only helps those who are happier staying depressed, feeling worthless, helpless, shamefull and you name the rest.

      You are doing the right thing with your famous TV Program and l thank you for inviting me as a guest thereto.

      Hoping to visit you when next l come home. Till then, all the best.

      There is strength in what remains, the sky isn’t the limit l was told – the limit is beyond the sky.

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