Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

Looking Beyond

on July 11, 2013

Good morning! 

It’s easy to become self-absorbed when you’re suffering.  That’s understandable; the pain consumes your thoughts and emotions.  But it’s important to look beyond your pain and reach out to others.

No, I don’t think that “getting your mind off your problems” is the cure for depression.  Perhaps if you have the blues, but not true depression.  Reaching out to others in need does, however, help you break out of your cocoon so you can get well.  It takes a lot of tools working together to rewire your brain.  

Start looking in the phonebook or newspaper for places where you can volunteer.  My daughter and I would work weekends at a Ronald McDonald house every 6 weeks.  We also served meals to homeless women.  There are a million places where you could contribute.  Try helping out at an animal shelter, working on a Habitat for Humanity house, or volunteering to stuff envelopes at your church.  Bake cookies and take them to the fire station or police department. 

Getting well must be a top priority, so treat it as such.  Look at yourself as a whole and think where you want to be.  I know you don’t want to remain anxious and depressed!  Review the tools in the right hand column and use the ones that will help you meet your goals.  I used them all.  You may have a different mix of tools.  That’s okay.  Just make sure that you don’t give in to your opposition and give up.  YOU CAN GET BETTER IF YOU MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT! 

I’ll be back next week.

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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