Like many people, I am no stranger to depression. It afflicts many of us. I am certainly no expert on the field, but I have become pretty good at keeping myself in good spirits. I think many who know me would say I am a happy-go-lucky type of person. I try to keep things light and positive. I think back to my first “episode” with depression. I was probably 12 years old. It was the night before I had to return to school after the Christmas break. I was watching TV and all of a sudden I got sad. I cried. I felt lonely and a little empty inside. I had no real outlet, and the feelings passed.
Later on, when I was about 20, I started writing. It was just poetry/lyrics but I quickly learned to channel my feelings into words. Writing has become not only an outlet but a passion of mine. I am lucky to be able to have this weapon in my arsenal. For some reason it is more acceptable for writers, poets and singers to sing about their troubles than just your regular folks. I’m not judging, just making an observation.
I love music and movies and use them as tools to help perk up my mood from time to time. The type of music can range anywhere from Metallica to enya. My feel good movies include favorites such as “Princess Bride”, the “Lethal Weapon” series or perhaps “Austin Powers”. Comedies usually work pretty good.
Bottom line is, even when you are feeling pretty good, you should treat yourself to a “mental health” day now and then. Planned or unplanned. I know it’s hard these days. Time seems to always be fleeting. We seem to get busier and busier with each passing year. Find an outlet if you don’t have one. It can be productive or relaxing or both. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to breech the subject if you feel you need someone to lean on.