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Dead Blue

When we find ourselves stumbling into a dark hole, it’s important to remember the positive.

Easier said than done, of course, as when you’re in the bottom of a hole, it’s hard to see much light.  Instead we’re in a pretty dark place, where it’s hard to see and even remember all the good we currently enjoy and all we have to look forward to.

If we can’t find ourselves able to remember the positive, we should try remembering that it will pass.  Everything is always in a cycle.  Dark before the dawn; rain before the rainbow, you know!

Happiness is a journey.  It’s a path we choose to walk, and can get rocky sometimes.  Whenever we find ourselves falling off the trail and into a hole, let’s pull ourselves up in time and continue on our way.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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How to Make Depression Less Depressing

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Depression is hard and painful.  Although it’s something I’m still struggling with myself, why not share some ways to help make depression less depressing!

  • Wash up.  Depression makes simple things like showering feel like too much effort and not worth it.  Do it anyway.
  • Get out of your pajamas/lazy-wear.
  • Wake up at a reasonable time.  And if you can’t, don’t bully yourself about it.
  • Stretch.  Or if you’re not as lazy as me, exercise!
  • Get some fresh air in your home.
  • Spend some time outside in nature, even if it’s just standing on the porch and admiring the trees.  Go for a walk or bike ride if you can.
  • Eat some healthy food and spend time preparing it.  Putting together a meal (even a small one) is calming and almost as enjoyable as eating it.
  • Avoid vegetating in front of the TV or aimlessly wandering the internet.  Read some books instead.
  • When you do spend time before the TV/computer, limit your time and watch things that make you laugh.
  • Clean up around your home.  Pick up any dirty laundry/garbage that’s accumulated, wash the dishes, and sweep up.
  • Spend some quiet time to yourself.
  • Listen to music that makes your heart sing and makes you dance.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet, and do something nice for others.  Making others smile will lift your spirits.  Happiness is contagious.
  • Create something.  Draw, paint, sew, photograph.
  • Read/listen to inspiring stories of others overcoming obstacles and finding happiness.
  • Find someone to talk to, be it a friend or therapist.

Depression is hard, but there is always hope.  Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and make dealing with depression less depressing.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Depression Feeling Blue

Depression

Depression

Depression is…

Having no hope for the future, because nothing will ever change.

Being unable to remember being happy, even though you were feeling fine a few days ago.

Remembering what used to make you happy, and being unable to remember why.  Everything is dull.

Saying you’re tired, when you really mean you’re tired of life.

Feeling worthless because you spend most of the day in bed, but being unable to get up, because you can’t think of anything worth doing.  

And even if you could, all you do is think,

Why bother?  What’s the point?

 

Depression is a lot of things to each person living with it.

Whether depression has been a part of your life for years, or it’s something new, let’s always find the strength to keep going.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Positive

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Thinking positive isn’t always easy.

When I get down, it’s easy to reject positive thinking.  For some reason, when I’m allowing myself to be consumed by anger and sadness, I prefer to wallow in it.  Rejecting negative thoughts and emotions is hard work when you’re drowning in them.

It’s important to latch onto whatever positivity we can, be it hopes for the future, or gratitude for what we have now.

Let’s do our best to remain positive, and not spend too much time wallowing in the negative.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

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Depression has a way of sneaking up on you, especially when you ignore it.  Unfortunately, it’s not something that will go away by pretending you don’t notice.

I’ve been feeling quite blue lately.  The spiral started a few months back, and having been through depression years ago, I wasn’t hoping to struggle with it again.

Avoidance never seems to work out.  Let’s not be afraid to face our emotions and what they may mean, and let’s remember to ask for help when we need it.

This is when friends, family, and doctors come in.

Let’s get the help we need from others and ourselves, move forward, and always remember the positive when we’re feeling blue.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’