Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

Be Brave

on July 3, 2013

Good morning! 

If it’s not raining where you are, today might be a good day to take a walk.  Being outside nurtures your soul.  Take note of every beautiful and interesting thing that you can.  Look at the objects themselves and their shadows.  Observe the patterns of nature and the multitude of colors.  Breathe in deeply to smell what is around and also to feel your lungs expanding to their maximum.  Then breathe through your mouth to taste those smells.  Listen closely.  The world is never entirely silent.  What do you hear?  Reach out and touch what you see, assuming it’s safe (and appropriate!).  How does the tree bark feel on your fingertips? 

Sometimes when you’re depressed, you can feel out of touch with your body.  Making a conscious effort to use your senses can help you reconnect.  I know you don’t feel whole right now.  This quiet, gentle exercise will be soothing to you. 

Not only does this exercise help you reconnect with your own body, it can help you reach out in a simple way to the world.  You’re an integral part of this world.  These walks can help you notice the other integral parts.  Parts that make a whole. 

I know this is tough if you’ve got a touch of agoraphobia going on in conjunction with your depression.  But take the risk.  You may not feel comfortable the first few times you do it, but after awhile you will. 

I was trying to teach my granddaughter how to swim on Monday.  I’ll tell you what I told her: Sometimes you have to be brave.  Any new skill requires bravery at the start, but once you get through the panic and fear, you’ll begin to learn and grow.  That’s when the fun starts.

YOU’LL BE FINE.  Just keep using every tool that you can to beat this thing.  AND BE BRAVE!

I’ll be back on Friday.

Blessings, Elizabeth

*** If you are new to this blog, it is best to start by reading “About” and the first entry that was posted on May 13, 2013.  Then read each consecutive entry, one per day.  Welcome!

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