Sometimes, we wake up sad or even crying, and we don’t know why. A couple of days ago, it happened to my daughter, who, like me, lives with depression. She showed great courage and self-love by acknowledging her condition that day and sharing it with all her friends, and with me. This kind of courage and her determination to manage her depression inspired this article.
There are many methods we can use to manage depression. The secret to these methods lies in not expecting immediate results from a single use, but in results that come from sustained effort and patience. Writing with the dominant and non-dominant hand, and recording our thoughts, are techniques that work and have long-lasting effects. Here is how I use those techniques on a regular basis.
When we do all we can to manage our depression, what does “without judgment” mean? Is it possible that we are really judging ourselves when our intention has always been to help ourselves? Self-judgment is, in fact, something we do on a daily basis without even realizing it. It is also something we can stop doing when we learn to recognize how it is that we are judging ourselves.
I have mentioned that depression brings us messages we need to pay attention to. Contrary to what many believe, depression is NOT the message itself. It is only a call to attention. Where are these messages hiding and what do they mean? This article takes a look at one specific message, fear, and the process that reveals the ultimate message that was hiding behind it…
Art and my creative side, something I had rejected since I was a child, has come back to me to save me from my latest state of deep depression. This time, when art appeared in my life once again, I decided to take it up, not as a threat, but as a great opportunity. It has become a wonderful beacon of healing, peace, and inner balance.
Motivation, a vital step in our personal growth, is something that needs to come from within, not from formulaic concepts dispersed randomly. We are all unique; we all live our lives in our own unique ways. Why, then, pretend to live according to formulas that may very well work for some but not for all? Our lives are our own, our decisions should be too.
What inspires us to act one way or another is different for everybody. This is even more relevant when it comes to what inspires us to use one technique or another for our healing and well-being. How does “sitting with our depression” helps in its healing? Or, how can this action lead us to imagining creative ways to resurface from depression?
Inspirational words come to us at the least expected moment, from the least expected person. Even if we think we are not ready to hear them, we all have a bright inner light within that is guiding us to open our hearts to the inspiration offered to us. Inspirational words don’t always come when we are looking for them, but they sure always come at the exact moment we need them…
What does “The Now” really mean to a depressive person and why is it important? The ‘collective now’ might not mean much to a depressive person because their present moment is one of oppressive gloom. It is this present moment that takes precedence. It is also this moment that enables them to understand the message behind the gloom, and be more present and kinder with the self.
Depression and guilt don’t seem to be able to live apart. Where does guilt come from and why is it always present? If you are depressed, do people notice how guilty you feel as well? What pushes a depressive person to feel guilty about everything? Is there any logic to this? Logic or not, guilt is the incessant emotion few talk about, yet all depressives carry within. Here I talk about my guilt, and what I have done with it.