I did begin to practice mindfulness and it was quite a surprise to see how important it is to be present and in the moment."
Kathleen has battled depression throughout her life and now experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, often the fall and winter months. This past winter was especially hard and Kathleen's doctor recommended the Red Deer Primary Care Network program Happiness. In her own words:"I came to the group with no real expectations, or idea of how Happiness classes would help me; however, after a couple weeks, I did begin to practice mindfulness and it was quite a surprise to see how important it is to be present and in the moment."
Mindfulness was only one of the strategies Kathleen learned during the six week program where she felt a sense of community. "It was uplifting on the dull gray days and provided tools to use to stay out of depression," she says.
In addition, Kathleen knew she had to get active. Through the encouragement of the Red Deer Primary Care Network, she started taking yoga classes and has discovered a real love for it. Her advice for anyone considering trying the program is to keep an open mind and try to be available to change.
"It has been awesome for me."