How to get out of that funky place. We all go through ups and downs. However, when you get in that funky place and feel depressed, there are things you can do to pull out of it. I'm Tracy, a survivor of depression. Here are some tools I used to escape the shitty grips of depression that gave me days where I wanted to run with scissors. I had to retrain my brain. I had a lot of negative thoughts. When I was in my funky place of depression, my mind would tell me to oversleep, not eat, drink whiskey, bitch and moan, or give up. I felt so numb. I would try to upgrade my mood, quiet my mind, and be kind to myself on those days. I learned it was OK to wear my PJs and chill with the cat on the awful days. It was OK to ask, "Why is life so hard?" Life is hard when trying to decipher tax code, do the math, or continue drifting along while dodging those pesky telemarketing calls from unknown numbers. I learned to seek safe support from someone who understands. When you seek help, find someone who loves you unconditionally, like your grandma.
I learned to challenge my subsequent dark void. I would hang onto hope and practice self-love every day, even if I didn't feel like it. Often depression feeds on itself. When depressed, it is hard to find the motivation and energy to feed our spirits. I learned to see what fed my spirit. I kept awareness up and noticed things that filled my heart, charging both soul and body battery. We all experience sad or challenging chapters in our lives. However, I found that by shifting my mind, everything else shifted. I wish I could say now that I'm offering you an all-expense-paid trip to the Bahamas or a new inflatable unicorn float bed for a day at the lake with your best friend. I can't do that, but I can teach you how to shift your mind and leave the worst of depression behind.