Bummed with Depression? Here's What Helped Me
It is estimated that 16 million Americans suffer with clinical depression. It is so common and unfortunately, heavily treated and overused with a massive selection of medications. The truth is, depression is a customizable thing where it varies from one case to the next. Not everyone will be able to manage it from a one-way treatment approach.
One approach that has helped me along the way is journaling. It has allowed me to express, manage my anxiety, reduce the stress, and help me to sort my priorities. In addition, it has allowed me to convey emotions with compassion, less judgment and complete overstanding. Since I stand by the approach, here are a few pondering questions to ask as you begin your journey towards journaling:
What Is Your Mood Like?
Journaling can be a gateway into your moods so you can best pinpoint how to control your depression. After being diagnosed with a seizure disorder, journaling helped me to sort through my anxiety, guilt, and depression. It opened a door to emotions I could readily express verbally. My pen helped me to ink those dark expressions and as a result, I was able to track what was going on internally.
I also suggest not only tracking your moods, but listing the items you consumed that day. Every mood especially depression is linked to what we eat and drink so it makes perfect sense on how it reflects towards our gut health choices. Even monitoring your caffeine intake throughout your day is relevant. In a study published by the Korean Journal of Family Medicine, higher consumption of caffeine was associated with the severity of depression. For more information about my thoughts and suggestion on caffeine, check out this post!
Are You Doing It Wrong?
There is such a thing as overdoing it when it comes to expressing yourself on paper. It is perfectly okay to vent and convey difficult emotions but too much can harbor negative vibes. Counteract it by expressing your gratitude for the situation and see it as an opportunity for greater things.
While it may suck to lose a job being grateful for the skills you learned while employed at that job, can garner new doors of employment that is in better alignment with your spirit. By appreciating where you are and who you are at this very moment, you can achieve much more with success.
How Grateful Are You?
Depression can make it hard to see the clarity amidst the dark overcast of emotions. However by cultivating a sense of gratitude and finding the positive in every situation, you can release the depressing thoughts and move towards a balanced perspective. Depression is typically one those complicated moods that can last from days to weeks at a time.
By journaling your sincere expression of gratitude, you can transmute all negating vibrations.
Even if you are feeling depressed, you can still express gratefulness from a healthy space. To start, I suggest starting with ten things you are most grateful for and why. For example, “I am grateful for my friends because they provide genuine and compassionate support.” Then, re-read your blessings and close with an expression of thankful to the Source (God, Universe, etc.).
You are bigger and better than the depression. Look within and then write in your journal.