Winter is coming, and so are the blues. I'm famous for falling into funks -- regardless of season. Last winter's was so bad it stuck around through summer. Ok, that it was all of 2017. And while I'm still on my way out, I was able to find the tools I needed to work my way back up to the surface.
While others are able to wax poetic about their depression, I never have. Instead, I've found a stronger voice in sharing my experience overcoming the darkness. I've suffered with depression since I was 12, so I've had a lot of time to think about its causes and effects, and discover what works to get me through to the other side.
Here are some of the exercises I turn to when feeling low is my full-time job...
/ Start journaling.
I am terrible at journaling, especially when I'm down. However, I have found that if i simply write down what I'm most afraid of, I begin to heal. Seeing those thoughts on paper helps me realize how small they are and easy to overcome.
/ Escape into reading.
It can be a narrative or memoir. It doesn't even need to be happy. Get out of your head and into someone else's for a little bit.
/ Drink lots of water.
Overall, this is just always great advice. But seriously, committing to something as simple as staying hydrated will be a great focus to get your mind on something else.
/ Take a walk every day.
Alone, and for at least 15 minutes. Even this short amount of exercise will get your blood flowing, let your mind wander, and give you respite from the everyday doldrums that are bringing you down.
/ Force yourself to do something you used to love.
Chances are, when you're in the dumps, you don't have the energy or interest in taking on a hobby, not even one you know you love. This is where you have to force yourself. Find a partner in crime to make sure you do it. Call a friend and tell her you're in the dumps and want to have a knitting day, or go ice skating. Rediscovering something that makes you happy can be a breath of much needed fresh air.
If you're suffering from a deep depression that has been lingering for months, I implore you to get help from a professional. It's ok to admit when something is bigger than you are, and a lot can be gained from healing through medicine.