In a new documentary out called “Running from Crazy” actress Mariel Hemingway talks about her depression and how she conquered the illness and is living a healthier, happier life. | HANDOUT PHOTO
Updated: April 14, 2014 4:42PM
Mariel Hemingway has spent her life running.
“I’ve been running from crazy my entire life,” says the 51-year-old, who has seen her share of strife. There is a long line of suicides in her family, including her grandfather, author Ernest Hemingway, who struggled with depression and killed himself in 1961. Six other Hemingways took their own lives, including her older sister, Margaux.
Mariel, who started her acting career in “Lipstick” (1976), also has suffered from depression. With a documentary out called “Running from Crazy” about her family (airing later this year on OWN), she sat down with the Sun-Times to talk about ways she has conquered depression to live a healthier, happier life.
“I hope everyone who sees this story can say, ‘Wow, I can tell my story and then I can let it go and move on.’ The power of the piece is about my catharsis,” Hemingway said.
Focus on the basics: “If you’re suffering from depression, I’ve found good food, exercise and being out in nature is really helpful. You should also have a conversation with yourself about what’s troubling you, so it doesn’t stay in the darkness.”
Put down that drink: “If you have mental imbalance, you might want to rethink drinking alcohol because it’s not the best thing for you. If you’re depressed, it’s also about being smart and honest about your situation.”
Eat for a healthy mind: “If you put toxic food into your body, it may not affect you when you’re younger. But as we get older, the accumulation of toxicity builds. It builds not only in the body, but in the brain. I don’t eat processed foods. I don’t do sugar. I have an addictive personality. I’m not saying you have to live like me, but it’s an option.”
Enjoy the outdoors: “I’m a big believer that nature really does have so many answers. The truth is, there is more information in a tree than in a computer. A tree has energy, life force and history. It has been watching things for eons. Just go outdoors. You will feel so much better.”
Visualize a happier you: “It’s important to see yourself as healed and beautiful. Manifest the image of what you want in your life. Visualize it. See if for what it is on the inside and outside.”
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