I love what Mahatma Gandhi said,
(I may be a Christian but I don’t have a problem with learning from those who profess their faith differently.)
This cycle of
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.
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.
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.
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.