Let me start this by saying I’m good!!! Seriously, life is not always a sunshine on a clear day but I’m smiling and truly having a happy moment.
“I’m Okay” said by all who are not okay. That use to be my motto. No matter what was going on or how I felt “I’m okay” became my go to statement. It was years before I realized that I’m okay was my cry for help. In life we have these “why me” moments and the way we handle them can be different. However, handling them is the most important thing. You can’t just sweep your feeling under a rug or hide it under a rock and think that everything will go away. You have to lean in and embrace the way you feel. That’s the best way to overcome those depression and thoughts of why me.
Dealing with depression is hard and determine why your feeling depressed can be even harder. So what is depression? Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide. Some of the ways you can be affected are listed below.
Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, or social isolation
Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, or loss of appetite
Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts
How can you get over depression? For me there where three things that worked for me.
1. Journaling- I love to write out my thoughts and figure out things thru words on a paper. I sometimes even like to write letters to a situation or a person that has upset me and express in my journal. This letter will never get mail but now those thoughts and feeling are not just sitting on my mind.
2. Therapy- How dare I use that word! Right that’s what most people think when you say that word. However, for me finding someone to talk to and just release that uneasiness off my mind and express my feeling thru words has made life for me the best ever. I am more aware of my feeling I know my triggers. I even know the things that happen in my childhood that affects me.
3. Outlet- You have to find something that makes you feel happy. Weather it’s a walk around the park or a movie night. Find things that keep you motivated to live a good life. Find things that gives you a feeling of accomplishments.
By no means am I a clinical physician so, if your doctor rules out a physical cause for your symptoms, he may start you on a treatment or refer you to a mental health professional. This specialist will figure out the best course of treatment. That may include medicines (such as antidepressants), a type of therapy called psychotherapy, or both.
Lastly, BE HAPPY!!! Doesn’t cost a thing to just know that you are worthy to be here. That you would be missed. That you are here to be the change that someone needs. Be blessed and Happy Releasing.