Day: January 5, 2015

Baby steps to recovery from depression

I love what Mahatma Gandhi said,

harmony

Harmony

(I may be a Christian but I don’t have a problem with learning from those who profess their faith differently.)

This cycle of

thinking,

speaking,

and doing

is the same cycle that if out of sync must be restored to harmony in a depressive episode. If even one of them is damaged by depression, all the others are affected as well.

I found in my own recovery that stepping into the cycle anywhere helped but my greatest success came from changing my actions first- —the “doing” part. I found that if I got up and moved and did something constructive, that led to other actions and pretty soon I was in better spirits.

Overcoming depression is hard work.

hard work

hard work

I’m not suggesting for a minute that this alone will heal a serious case of depression. But if it lighten one’s mood and makes taking other steps easier, isn’t it worth a try?  It requires a herculean effort to do this when all you want to do is stay in bed and not face the world.  But if getting better is the goal, physical movement is a practical place to start.

hard work quote

Try it just for today and see if it doesn’t make even the tiniest difference. I think we forget sometimes that depression didn’t just smother us in one cataclysmic moment. It was a lot of little things that incrementally pushed us over the edge and it will be little increments, small steps, that walk us out. It’s not a process that can be rushed which, of course, is what makes it that much harder.

baby steps to recovery

baby steps to recovery

When people ask me “When are the pills going to kick in?”, I remind them they didn’t get depressed overnight and they won’t get better overnight. I can remember asking the same thing. Pills are often an integral part of the recovery for some people but they are not the only therapy that should be considered.

It’s a whole lifestyle, this battle to overcome depression, and must be fought on many fronts.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

Is 2015 going to be the samo’ samo’ for you?

January is a great month. At least I think it is.

I know we can start anew anytime we want, but January seems such a perfect time. In Michigan the days are long and cold and dreary for the next two months. Unless you ski, which I would like to but can’t, it is a great time to reflect.

Here’s some questions I ask myself to initiate the process.

  • What brought me joy?    

joy

joy

For me, it was people that brought me the most joy. But there was also the new ceiling and the painting in our TV room. There was the  pergola my hubby and I built. There was seeing my grandson walk. There was our time in Florida collecting seashells and enjoying the sunshine. There were the restful times at teeny tiny red cabin.

  • What were the situations that rocked my boat and how can I avoid them in  2015?

There were some unwelcome changes this past year. But I’ve come to terms with the change even though I still don’t like it.

rockin" the boat

  • What situations caused me angst?

anxiety

There were a few but very few. Avoiding angst was a resolution for 2014 and I did pretty good.

  •  Are there any attitudes I need to change? Of course, there are.

changing my attitudes

changing my attitudes

  Everyone has attitudes that need to be re-adjusted.

 

  • Are my relationships as healthy as they can be?

healthy reltionships

friendships

I take my relationships with family and friends seriously. Some are what I want them to be. Some aren’t. Some I can do something about, some I can’t. The trick is to know which is which.

  • In what ways do I need to expand my life or challenge myself?

challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last year has been a challenge where this blog is concerned. I upgraded my “package” and that meant extra challenges as I learned how to work with through all my options. But I learned a lot and look forward to learning a little CSS formatting next year.

  •  Am I using all my talents and resources?

I find creativity crosses all forms of expression. I think that’s why I like blogging so much. It feeds my creative appetite. But whether or not I’m using all my talents and resources, I’m not sure.  And whether or not I’m using them as God intented is something I’ll be focusing on this year.

(I love blogging. When I see words that morph into thoughts right before my eyes with seemingly no conscious awareness, I sense God is in control. I write thoughts I didn’t even know I was thinking until I read them on the screen. Blogging is perhaps the most self-revealing activity I do. Sometimes that feels good and sometimes it doesn’t. However, it’s always worthwhile.)

I encourage you to take some time this month to reflect on this past year.

I’m a firm believer that the life worth living is the life that is examined periodically. Some people think all this “reflecting” and making “resolutions” is silly. I even read something just recently where the author stated that no one keeps their resolutions. I guess the author doesn’t know me!

One thing is sure; we are generally moving forward, moving backward, or remaining stagnant. And stagnant anything equals “stinky”.

stinky

Anyway, God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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