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I spoke yesterday about depression being used as a tool. Having experienced dealing with depression within myself, I know not to waste time in lying around doing nothing because this does not bring about change. I forced myself to go on walks, to go to restaurants and treat myself to my favorite meals and this has been all I needed to make the depression go away—for now. I have been back to my old self and did a little work today. Not as much as I would have liked, but enough for me to know depression is leaving. I also made my favorite dinner, even if I don’t eat it tonight, but it was a step I needed to make to know I’m back in charge of my affairs.
Perhaps you think it was too easy or maybe I hadn’t suffered a serious depression. You’re right, it was. I have had bouts of severe depression when I didn’t move from my bed for three days. Where sleeping was so haphazard I couldn’t tell when it was day or night. Even the Good Book talks about when this type of life is upon you, you wish it were night when it was day and when it is night, you wish for it to be day, in other words not at all happy with your current existence. Many of us go through these experiences but this one thing someone told me, and I have listened and put it into practice: Life is only bettered when you are in a constant state of movement. You cannot sit or lie down and think things will get better. They won’t. Even if you go outside and let the sun shine on your face—do it. It works.
So, whether you’re addicted or know someone addicted and you’re affected and depressed, you don’t have to let this become your existence—today. Get up! Get something to eat. Get outside and walk around the block and when you have done it, expand the walk and now do two blocks and see if you don’t feel better. You will and then you’ll continue adding those good things to where in life you want to be and this is what it is all about. So, use depression as a tool to go forward, not as a crutch to do nothing but stand still.
If we never experienced depression, then how would we know it is time to move?
- Antidepressants are disappointing (indigomoodrhythms.wordpress.com)
- Depression in Men (everydayhealth.com)