Depression affects millions of people every day. More and more stories are coming out by famous people that suffer with this silent disease. In this article we are not going to talk about the clinically depressed but we are going to look at the type of depression that affects most of us from time to time, sometimes called dealing with the blues. I know when I am dealing with this type of depression I lose all my creative juices and energy, I don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning. I love being on top of the mountain, I hate being in the valley only to just barely make it another day. The sad thing is that more people I talk to are accepting to live in darkness and be depressed all the time, to them it is the norm.
We need to fight back and gain momentum to pull ourselves out of the valley and start climbing the mountain again. Take what you have learnt while being in the valley and take this maturity that you have gained while being down and put it to good use now. Here are some ways to help pull you out of the dark deep valley.
Think Kind and Positive Thoughts About Yourself
Each one of us beat ourselves up daily. We call ourselves bad names, degrade the way we think about ourselves and we call ourselves stupid and other negative thoughts and words. We must learn to harness these thoughts and bind them from bouncing around in our heads. This can be difficult, but if you really want to get out of the darkness and get in the light this must be done. God talks about this even in the Bible, he states that each one of us are made in the image of him. Does God make garbage, NO! In the Bible he even calls us his precious children. This is what you need to concentrate on and toss out the garbage that is in your head. Think Positive!
A Change of Geography
Each one of us need to change what we see every day. Some of us get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, go to work, come home, go to bed and repeat the same thing the next day. I was in this rut myself last year. It had been two years since I took anytime off from work and I felt like tearing my hair out at the end of those two years. I almost did not know how to relax when I was on my first couple days off of work. I was so ingrained into my job that I did not know how to let go. Each one of us need to stop and change our scenery and enjoy life every now and them. We need to take mental break from work or whatever we are stuck in and embrace something new even it makes us feel scared. Before I took off work I had convinced myself that work would fall apart if I was not there and I was trying to think of reasons to cancel my time off and not go on vacation. This is how bad I was but after being off a couple days I knew all was going to be ok.
Stop Killing Yourself At Work
This ties into the above paragraph. Many of us get so trapped into our work that we sacrifice everything and everyone just for our job. I have a clique “This job is going to put me 6 feet in the ground before I retire”. Unfortunately many of us think this way. If I don’t stop myself I will work twelve to fourteen hours a day six days a week, which is unhealthy for me and my family. When I go home I am mentally, physically exhausted and mentally depressed.
Have A Drink
I know that many of you are going to boo – hoo this but when I say “have a drink” I am not saying go get drunk. Have a glass of beer or a glass of wine, sit back and relax. If you don’t like alcohol then have a glass of sweet tea on the back porch or on your patio. You just need to stop, take a breath and enjoy the surroundings that you are in and Thank God the one more day of life that he has given us.
Be Of Service To Someone In Need
Once we get ourselves out of the valley and back on top of the mountain we need to reach out to others that are in need. Once we can get our emotions in order we need to put ourselves aside and find someone that has a need that we can help. By helping others will give us a true perspective on life. Nothing can open our eyes more than seeing how others really live. My first time to third world countries like Guatemala and Nicaragua really opened my eyes of how great we have it here in this country we call home.
A negative mind will never give you a positive life.