Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed that many of the people I’ve spoken to seem to be suffering with depression or anxiety. Now it’s easy to get a medical dictionary definition of what depression is but that often doesn’t seem to help much at all. It seems, that if we have a shared experience – and we feel we can talk to others – it can be a really helpful tool as the sufferer does not feel quite so alone. In all the different areas of trauma, it seems that humans really need to “connect” with others.
Here are some of the expressions I’ve read or heard recently in personal conversations about depression:
“It’s like drowning, except you can see everyone around you breathing.”
“You feel like you are moving in slow motion.”
“You can see everyone else getting on with their lives, yet somehow or other, you’re not a part of it – it’s like you are in a bubble.”
“Everything seems hopeless.”
“Its like you have lost all interest in everything – nothing motivates you any more”.
So it’s not difficult to see why depression and anxiety are major problems when they hit! In fact, one in 4 people will experience some type of mental health problem over the course of a year.
Most people know the usual advice given by health professionals and try to put some of it into practise. The tried and tested methods often work – but it can sometimes take us a while to get there. However sharing our experience with others, talking to trusted friends, keeping a diary, reading as much as you can about your own illness can all help – but one thing i found which was extremely helpful was to “stay in the day”!!!
What does this really mean though?? When our mind’s are racing, we cant sleep for our thoughts, its painful to remember things, we feel panic when we think about doing anything – its extremely important to rein our minds in (just as a thoroughbred horse needs to be reined in to train it), we need to do the same with our minds. Its one of the most important things I learned along my own journey.
Tomorrow will always take care of itself – the past is done and gone – but we must live in this day – here and now! Take little steps – do not let your mind race ahead to next week, month, or year as it is impossible to know what these will bring.
So if you feel you may be suffering depression or anxiety, try to find out as much as you can to help yourself – and try this one tip “stay in the day”!!