Recovery: How to Feel Better

We at the Living Well Network have identified twelve different pathways you can choose to follow to help manage depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. Each route can guide you or your loved one to better self-worth and happiness. While we encourage you to explore them all, not every path is for everyone.

Like any journey worth traveling, this one begins with a first step. Click the links below to start your travels to living well.

Journey Down the 12 Pathways

  1. Spiritual Practices
  2. Positive Thinking and Self-Talk
  3. Hopefulness
  4. Resilience
  5. Sense of Belonging and Life Connections
  6. Movement and Exercise
  7. Hands-On Service
  8. Financial Stability
  9. Relational Peace
  10. Lifestyle Balance
  11. Medical Intervention
  12. Therapeutic Guidance

The causes of depression and anxiety are many, and there is no single medicine or therapy to treat these conditions. Your condition is your own. To face it, you must first better understand yourself and be willing to take powerful steps to improve your life.

On John’s Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, there is a live oak that is estimated to be 1,400-1,500 years old and is believed to be the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. It is called the “Angel Oak.” It is 65 feet high, has a diameter of 160 feet and covers 17,000 square feet. This tree sprouted 1,000 years before Columbus came to the new world.

The Angel Oak has survived countless challenging events: hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, lightning strikes, damage and human interference. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo, but it has recovered.

What might we learn about human wellness from the Angel Oak?

It doesn’t take long to imagine that such a tree must have an amazing, life-giving root system that creates pathways for life-giving nutrients. We invite you to explore the twelve pathways and build a system for resilience, inner strength and hope.