|Shadow & Snow|
|Stubborn Winter Leaves|
Something Was WrongIt was a lonely Tuesday night just past midnight, and I was feeling down. My kids had left to be with their mother for two weeks, and I was still sick with a virus. The five days of sickness had put me behind in my freelance assignments which was causing a wee bit of stress. I was run down and miserable. Depression had crept in and switched out all the artwork on my walls with sad, big eyed kittens sitting in cold, dark puddles. Then I noticed the time and realized that I needed a change.
For years I've followed a system to help me manage my moods. Stave off depression before it happens? Whoops. Know that I'm depressed? Oh, is that why there's a black cloud over my head? Ask myself if I have a reason to be depressed? Yes, quite a few. Develop the desire to not be depressed? Yes, already! I've spent too much time feeling sad.
So How Do You Fight Off Depression?I made a list of things to do to fight off Depression. It's one of the most popular blogs I've ever written. I decided to engage my mind by cleaning so I tackled the kitchen. Then I took out the trash. These events are mundane and seemingly insignificant, but when depression has you in its grips, they are monumental tasks.
Sometimes ADHD is a blessing for my DepressionAs I took the trash out, however, my ADHD came to the rescue. I became delightedly distracted by the sudden snowfall all around me. I hadn't been in falling snow in a while, so I decided to go for a walk despite the fact that I was sick. As I walked I exercised my creativity and documented with photographs some of the sights I saw. By the time I was finished forty minutes later, I was in higher spirits, felt good about my creative endeavors, had worked off my tension, and I was ready to fall asleep.
The cold, freezing air wasn't good for my cold; I've had the sniffles all day. However, I don't regret taking that walk. When depression drops by for a visit we have to work hard to prevent it from becoming a permanent resident. That night I engaged my mind by cleaning, decided to change my surrounding by going out for a walk, and boosted my endorphins by doing something creative. I fought depression and won, and so can you.
Let me know in the comments what type of activities you do to help offset depression, and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the best of the photos I took.