I spotted this prompt from The Daily Post in my reader and knew I had to do this one right away…
The prompt was: We all feel down from time to time. How do you combat the blues? What’s one tip you can share with others that always helps to lift your spirits?
Last I head the statistic for people with mental health problems was 1:3. Which is a LOT really isn’t it? I personally was diagnosed with depression about 13 years ago, and I want to share one important (to me) fact with you: I have NEVER been on any form of antidepressant.
Nope no medication for me. A doctor recommended it to me once, but I was adamant in my choice that I would find a better way of dealing with my issues, rather than using medication that has a sketchy record (at least with some). I’m not saying they don’t work, I’m not saying that many people don’t benefit from the use of these things, but personally I believed there were other options. So I went against medical opinion and did my own thing.
This isn’t going to be a post about WHY I’m depressed, because, aside from the fact you never get cured of it in my opinion (sometimes that beast rears it’s ugly head) I’m not feeling depressed, and haven’t for a very long time. Sometimes I feel down, or sad, or downright angry at occasionally, seemingly trivial things, but generally speaking I consider myself a fairly happy person!
So back to topic, how do I deal.
I’m gonna write a list!
I try to think of things in perspective. A word spoken, however hurtful is merely a word, amongst hundreds, thousands, millions even billions I will hear in my day, week, month or year… That was a bit Dr Seuss at the end there!
I write, and I draw, and I sing, and I dance in my living room when nobody is watching.
I think about things, sometimes overthink about things!
I laugh, I cry, I scream, I shout, I smile, I blush,I giggle like a teenager.
I quote terrible movies at all the wrong times. And love song lyrics from a variety of musicians.
I come home from work and have a glass of wine. Or a great big slice of cake!
I stretch. I breathe. I run.
I play with my cat.
I cook, and sometimes bake.
I hug, I kiss, I hold, I f***.
I remember the past, and plan for the future.
I love. Or I forget. I have no room in my life for hate.
I’m going to finish by quoting what some may consider a fairly odd choice of person. There are a million or more amazing quotes that say pretty much the same thing, but hey, like or loathe him, and many will disagree with some of what he says, and that’s ok, we’re all free to find things offensive, and like or dislike our own things, but this is what popped into my head when I started writing this post:
Singer-pianist-comedian Tim Minchin says this in a part of beat-poem Storm:
…I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon.
I have one life, and it is short
But thanks to recent scientific advances
I get to live twice as long as my great great great uncle-es and aunt-es.
Twice as long to live this life of mine
Twice as long to love this wife of mine
Twice as many years of friends and wine…
And things like this keep me going.
My one piece of advice to you: Live. You get one shot at this. One chance. Make it count.
Until next time