The days are growing brighter, flowers are in bloom. But you might not be.
You might be feeling fatigue? You may have reduced interest and enjoyment in activities? Or reduced ability and difficulty concentrating? Or you might have alterations in eating or sleep patterns?
Sometimes you may not feel able to show up. You may not feel capable of being presentable. You may have days that you feel so low that you don’t even want to exit your bed. I’m not talking about a Monday morning here. After the weekend a lot of us would prefer to snuggle up under the covers! I’m talking about a deeper sadness. Almost malignant feeling of despair that you find hard to drag yourself out of. Leaving you withdrawing from friends and family when this is the time they can be the most benefit.
So how frequent do you feel a low mood? Is it monthly in some way? Several times a week? Or every day?
What’s the duration of your low mood? Is it until a day of work is over? Until the weekend? Or does it go on for weeks or months?
And how severe does your low mood feel? Are you feeling down and negative? Having feelings of hopelessness or being stuck? Or are you having suicidal thoughts?
These are many varying degrees of depression. Variables are both biological and psychological. There are many symptoms that a person can suffer from. The symptoms include a depressive mood for most of the day. Or marked diminished interest or pleasure in all or most of the day’s activities. Symptoms and severity of symptoms will vary from person to person. Depending on the type of depression, your environment and support network.
How many of you stopped to think about where your head’s at during Mental Health Awareness last week? It’s something that would help us to keep in mind all year round. Checking in with yourself to assess where you’re at and whether it is working for you. And if it’s not change is possible.
The unexamined life is seldom repaired without some close examination.
Think about the origins of your negative thoughts. In recognising the triggers it can help to herald the arrival.
Take time to remember the things you used to enjoy and made you feel good.
Activity planning is an effective way to lift your mood. If you fall into the trap of doing little, you’re able to spend more time ruminating. Spending large amounts of time in negative thinking. Think up positive alternatives to doing nothing or that which is not working for you.
How about taking a walk on your lunch break? And if your answer to this is 'what lunch break'? Create space for your needs.
Sunlight can help boost serotonin levels and help raise your mood. How about a little exercise? This improves energy levels so less fatigue.
Start small. Giving yourself these little goals can help overcome feelings of helplessness. It enables you to see what change you can bring in your life.
It’s scary to do the things that you feel uncomfortable with. These are the things that can help you to grow.
If your mind’s not being kind you need not suffer in silence. You need not endure in isolation. People care, want to hear and are ready to meet you there. Talk to someone if you are struggling and finding it hard to cope.
-If you’re interested in finding out how Less Ordinary Therapy can help please get in touch. You can book a complimentary 30 minute Skype consultation with me. During the call you can ask any questions you may have. Sign up for your call here. I look forward to hearing from you and exploring how I can support you.