This post is the second post of a two-part series
About a month ago I opened up about my struggle with seasonal depression, the hopeless feeling that can so quickly engulf me. Part of being able to fight against depression has been being able to identify the early stages and recognizing the things that can trigger it.
Today I am going to share a bit about how that looks in my life and a few things that help me shake it off.
(Your totally singing Taylor Swift in your head right now, aren’t you?!)
Being stuck at home for multiple days in a row.
Even though I hit up the gym most mornings, not breaking my routine and getting out can get me down really fast.
Spending too much time alone.
Relationships are good, healthy and part of Gods plan for our lives. Spending too much time alone gives me to many opportunities to hide.
Not using a creative outlet.
God gives us gifts and talents so we can use them for good.
Playing the comparison game.
Do I really need to say more? So many moms fall victim to the game of comparison.
Finding my worth in things that won’t satisfy.
When I invest too much time and value into things that have real no worth I may feel good about it for a few days or hours, but it usually leaves me feeling frustrated, confused and empty.
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How I fight Back
Get out of the house!
Coffee runs, solo trips to the store, shopping trips with a friend, Bible studies, women’s church functions you name it, do it. Not only does it feel great to not stare at the same walls all day long it gives you a reason to get out of those sweat pants. Which is always a good thing.
Seek out friendship.
Sometimes we forget as grown women that we still need friends too. Finding someone or a few someones that you can share your life with makes a huge difference. I remember a time in my life, when Marissa was a baby, that I cried and prayed for God to bring me a friend. He exceedingly answered my prayers.
Find a creative outlet and use it.
My outlet is blogging which also allows me to tap into my other passions cooking/baking & photography. I feel so much better when I am putting my God-given talents to use and loving others and my family with my gifts. Outlets are also a great way to distract yourself during those long winter months when spending time outside isn’t really possible.
I know, I know. It is about 1,000 times easier said than done. Breaking the comparison cycle is hard to do but worth every single effort. Look for things that send you into the comparing spiral and speak truth or cut it out. If Pinterest makes you hate your house and doubt your mommy skills maybe spending less (or no) time on Pinterest might not be such a bad idea. After all I highly doubt you’ll miss feeling bad about yourself.
Focus on things that last.
I think Frances J. Crosby said it best back in 1879
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.
Take the world, but give me Jesus;
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.
The direction that my heart is focused or set on always has a profound impact on my outlook on life.
Keeping my mind set, content and in pursuit of living a life that brings God glory is always a good place to position my heart.
How do you fight against depression?