Sunday, June 26, 2005

Depression: The Trick Is To Shake It Off

Short entry tonight.

It's 10 minutes to 2 and the moon is out and everybody is asleep. Insomnia has been very bad lately and consequently so has my depression. I find that my insomnia usually triggers depression. I was reading an article about that the other day I may comment on next time.

So I'm keeping busy and trying to make something of my day. Offset the sadness with feelings of accomplishment. When I am down for no reason I try to force myself to do almost ANYTHING other than what I've been doing to shake off the sadness. Here's a small sample from my bag of tricks:

  • I read a book
  • I check things off my To Do List
  • I watch some educational TV (NO channel surfing!)
  • I go out for a walk
  • I try VERY HARD not to eat because I'm bored or down
  • I write in my novel
  • I work on one of my blogs
  • I work out
  • I dance (Yeah, all by myself. Heck, I could use the exercise anyway)
  • I clean something (with four kids there's ALWAYS something that could use cleaning. Not fun but productive and cleaning a room restores order which helps me feel more balanced)

OK, so I sound like a nut. But what else am I supposed to do? Mope about and feel miserable? Not on your life. Depression is a pain in the neck and if it had a physical manifestation I'd jump up and down on it until I felt better. Since I can't do that I get creative. Tonight I am finishing some Harry Potter illustrations and cataloging my iTunes music collection.

What do you do when you're down? C'mon and pipe up, people. I may only have 4 subscribers, but I know 25 or more people visit here a day. I could use some new ideas. Heaven knows I don't know everything, contrary to what my family thinks I think! (^_-)