Life can be challenging. Depression happens. Depression is due to a chemical imbalance or is situational. What can you do? You are down, depressed, and nothing seems to go right. There you are in a hole and you have been here before.
Make an appointment with your therapist or talk to a best friend, someone you respect and can trust. Just talking can be cathartic at times. Are you on medication? Are you taking it as prescribed? Remember, medication doesn’t work unless you take it. Many times I ask clients are they on medication for them to reply yes, but it doesn’t work. My response is, “do you ever miss taking it?” They pause and think only to reply they miss it most of the time. Medication cannot be taken just here and there, whenever you remember, missing a couple of days between. It is not effective that way. Make a concentrated effort to put it somewhere where you will remember it. Getting back into a consistent routine will allow your medication to do its’ thing and give you a hand up out of your slump.
Sometimes you just have to come to your own assistance.
Get behind your self and push. What works for you? You know you better than anyone else. Waiting for someone else to make it right, complete your world, swoop in to make you happy is not reliable or realistic. You are in charge of you. You are the only one that can truly make changes in you. Meditation and mindfulness are both great at breaking this cycle of funk you are in. Get up, move, go outdoors. What brings you pleasure? What makes you happy? Seek those things out. Music is a great mood elevator. Turn it on in the house instead of the television. Watch what you choose to listen to as “Somebody done somebody wrong song” is probably not exactly what you need at this time. On the other hand, perhaps you need to give yourself a chance to identify and feel your emotions for a bit. Have a good cry if you feel like it. Now, it is time to pick your self up. No more sad songs. Choose something more upbeat. Find a doable task that you can complete and feel some accomplishment.
Absolutely, all of these things take effort, but is well worth it to break the cycle of the funk you are in. Remember…………………sometimes you just have to come to your own assistance. If you can’t get back in your grove, there is help. Find a good therapist or go back and see someone you have already established a relationship with that knows your history. Maybe you need more help than you are capable of creating for yourself. Making this effort can get you back into a healthier, happier state of well being.