Are you having a tough time and finding it challenging when it comes to managing your depression, during such a tumultuous time?
The other night I was sitting in the bathtub, soaking away the effects of the day. Suddenly I started crying. Not just crying, sobbing. I didn’t know what was going on.
And then it hit me. The world was in chaos and I was going through some serious major life changes and out of nowhere, it was all catching up to me. I wasn’t used to things catching up to me so it made me very uncomfortable.
When I am uncomfortable I will figure out whatever it is I need to do to be comfortable so I was determined to push past this. And, with some work, I did.
Here are some things that you can do to manage your depression as the world is falling apart.
1. Allow yourself to cry.
Recently I have been having some arm problems and I have been seeing a rolfer to help me. She told me that she thought my arm problems were emotional – that the stress I was under was showing up in my body.
She encouraged me to let those emotions go. To really sit with the emotions when they crop up and let my body deal with them.
So, I did. I sat in the bathtub and cried. And cried. And cried. I took many deep breaths in between sobs. I allowed my body to let go of what I was feeling.
As I cried, my mind kept wandering off to ways that I could fix what was causing the overwhelm but I would pull it back. I knew that now was the time for feeling my feelings and that later I would try to fix it.
An hour later I emerged from the bathtub, exhausted. I went to bed and woke up in the morning, feeling great, ready to manage my depression in a productive way.
If you are trying to manage your depression, try doing what I did. Sit with your feelings. Let your body process the emotions and let them go. When you do this, you are setting yourself up for managing your depression for a life of success.
2. Take stock of what is bringing you down.
A big part of how to manage your depression is knowing what is causing it. If we don’t know what is depressing us it is impossible to deal with it.
So, the day after my crying jag, I made a list of the things that might be making me depressed. I was in the middle of a big move, away from my kids. I had developed a frozen shoulder over the past year. I was going to be on the road a lot over the next week doing presentations. My dog was habitually pooping in my son’s room at night. My boyfriend was going through a really hard time in his personal life.
I also thought about all that was going on in the world around me. The Covid-19, which had been happening for a few months, and the demonstrations and the accompanying unrest, were super scary and made me unsure about the future of our my children and our wonderful nation. Those things were making my depression worse and I hadn’t even noticed it.
It was amazing how freeing it was to identify all of the things that I had going on in my life. By doing so, I didn’t feel ashamed of my depression, ashamed that I was weak and couldn’t handle my life. Seeing all of the things that I had going on made me realize that my depression was merited.
And that made me motivated to deal with it.
Want to know more about managing depression? Read 8 Things You Can Do To Take Care Of Your Mental Health During Social Distancing