These past two weeks, I’ve been in an episode. For those unfamiliar with the term, an “episode” is when depression-prone individuals fall into a temporary bout of darkness.
I’m finally clawing my way back out. And let me just say, this last episode was something severe. Anyway, the Lord saw me through it. As use.
Now that I’m a bit more clear-headed, I want to share some of the activities that are helping me out of this pit of pity and hopelessness:
- Writing Poetry: This is a big one. There’s something about writing raw poetry that cleanses the soul, rejuvenates the heart, and soothes the mind.
- Reading Blogs of Those Who Share My Struggle: Whenever I’m feeling down-right suicidal, I go to the blogs of those on that same level. When I read their words, I’m able to see objectively into their situation. It’s not hopeless for them at all! So I comment encouraging words. And feel better about myself and my situation.
- Do My Nails: I may be a depressed, self-loathing, immature, petty wreck of a person. But I’ll be damned if my nails look ratched. One night bitter tears were streaming down my face as I applied press-on nails. When I finished with both the tears and nails, I realized how good my hands looked. And felt pretty. A good cry and boost of self-esteem work wonders on the hurting heart.
- Cling to That Verse: You know the one(s). Those Words you recite as if they were breath to life. That Go-To, Never Fail Bible Verse. The one you will have carved into your tombstone. For me, that’s Job 5:17.
Anyone in the throes of depression will read this post and scoff. Because in that pit, there is no light. However, once you start climbing back to emotional equilibrium, look for activities that serve as a catalyst to your recovery.