Ok, so this post is about DEPRESSION! I decided to title it “Dejection” because it means that same thing but has less of a sigma. While, I am not a psychologist I assure you that I can speak extensively on depression because I have experienced and witnessed it. Who better to talk about it than someone who has been in the trenches with it. While the depression that I have experienced has not been to the extent of seeking medical attention or having dark thoughts, I do believe that I can add value to you on this topic.
First, let us define depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. With that being said, I think it’s safe to say that we all have experienced some form or some degree of depression, at some time or another. The thing that I have come to realize about depression is that it takes places in your mind and if you don’t fight to get out of your own head it will rot you.
If you find yourself feeling depressed or feeling low the first line of deference is ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Acknowledge those feelings, love. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, you don’t have to hide. Next, identify the cause and source. Is it a relationship, experience, thoughts of inferiority concerning a particular aspect of your life?
Once you identify, address it head as best as you can without putting yourself or others in danger. Please, if you feel you need to see someone to help you with your feelings. PLEASE DO! I urge you. But if you sense this is a passing feeling that you can work your way out of keep going…Write down your perceptions of this “source.” What are your thoughts on this topic, your feelings, your fears. Giving yourself a chance to write out your feelings is so important here because you can now visualize these things in a very real way. In this process, you may find that your concerns have no real foundation.
During this time, you want to be mindful of what you feed yourself. And I’m not just talking about food (Yes, while you are down TRY your hardest to eat healthy, drink lots of water and rest. How can you lift your spirits if your body is not functioning at its best?) But by “feeding” I am referring to what you put into your mind and spirit. What are you watching, what are you listening to. If you find yourself depressed over a falling romantic relationship (common) your best bet would be to avoid programming that provokes feelings of yearning, loneliness and anger. For example, if you feel like you’re losing your love, you might not want to go and watch an episode of “Cheaters” or read an article on the high divorce rate due to infidelity. Just saying. Same goes for depression induced by weight, lack of finances, poor body image etcetera.
You have to shift your perception, my friend. When you watch these shows with rich and famous people daily, it’s no wonder you feel as if you lack. I bet if you watched the Discovery Channel and learned about the lives of an indigenous group you may find yourself in a more grateful mental space. TAKE CONTROL OF YOURSELF. Be it through shifting your thoughts, going out and getting fresh air or visiting a medical professional. Take your mind and happiness back, do not wallow in those bad thoughts for too long.
Remember, you are as you think.