Depression: A dark lonely space!

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Depression seems to consume most of our energy, life force, willpower, and awareness.
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We truly feel, and firmly believe life is awful, with no interest in participating.
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A negative mood of despair overwhelms us, reality has a gloomy, full time cloud hovering over us.
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What to do? How do we get like this?
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Something has happened, maybe even a traumatic experience, which will lead to depression in short order. We lose our social existence through fear, avoidance and anxiety.
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We are numb, almost impossible to feel pleasure, laughter seems distant, happiness a lost cause.
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From this space, it is difficult to escape, needing hard daily work, courage, and a therapy that works.
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We get into trouble grasping at thoughts, thinking about our depression, and then dropping even deeper into distress.
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It is imperative to get moving, taking action now. In this space, we use aerobic exercise, exercising beyond tired, to flush out toxins, and bring energy to power the mind.
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Our mind needs a boost, some energy, a diversion from depression, thinking we should be dead or worse.
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Push your body to jump start your mind, move. When you are tired enough for thoughts to slow and all focus is needed to place one foot in front of the other, smile, enjoy this moment, and then go for another ten minutes.
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That exhilaration of accomplishment is shared by the mind, also.
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Mindfully focus on the breath, not reacting to the storyline of depression.
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This is not going to leave overnight, so daily work without a goal works best.
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3 responses to this post.

  1. This is good advice. I’m always amazed at how even a single good exercise session can lift my mood, relieve my depression – yet I’m still reluctant to do the next one! This is where depression seems like an “unfair” disease: it robs us of the will to do the things which will make us better. The flu, for instance, makes you feel like resting, and a rash makes you want to put ointment on the skin to relieve the itching; but depression makes you want to do things which will not help. *sigh* it’s a hard road.

  2. Posted by Mandy on January 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Thank you for reminding us this will all take time. I have to remind myself to be a little kind and forgiving of myself for not getting it all at once. :-)

  3. We are trying to let go of judgment, first of all judging us, if we are doing good or bad or whatever, is a no no.

    We are responsible for effort, not results, try your best and let it be.

    First off watch making desire or need to create a goal. Healing in a certain time, well an expectation we are not healing quick enough. How would we know that anyway.

    We need to praise ourself in front of the bathroom mirror. Affirmations to fill in the time we want to criticize or have feelings of unworthiness.

    You are exactly where you should be, and no experience out there will change to all happiness.

    I stopped holding guilt, when I would feel guilty, I would let it go and do something else.

    Again it is where we place our attention, fuel depression with constant attention or let go and place all attention on this moment.

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