Hello depression

Stop, love, listen

Depression arrives to tell us to STOP and pay attention. Depression is not  single emotion, it’s a combination of emotions, patterns, decisions or health issues that need our attention. Sometimes we can use the word “depressed” to describe how we’re feeling when it’s underlying emotions that are at cause. It’s our job to listen to what depression is telling us.

There’s always a good reason why our energy and vitality leave us. Our job is to stop, love and listen to what’s disturbing us from the inside out. Working out the source of our depression is critical to moving forward. The source could be our health, brain chemistry, injustices, relationships, work or old issues that need our self-care. When depression is used productively, it teaches us how to take care better self-care. When depression gets stuck it can add despair, anger, anxiety or shame to the mix. Let’s train ourselves to recognize productive and unproductive depression. Let’s get clear on what to do when it shows up and give it some love for doing it’s job.

1. Recognize

When we notice depression or feel depressed  come up, take a super-deep belly breath, imagine that we have a protective shield around us as we prepare to look at what is going on for us. Let’s amplify our breath and quiet our mind as we tune in to observe depression.

2. Acknowledge

Hello depression. Notice how it moves in our body. What does it feel like like? Focus in, describe it and notice what’s happening. It can feel a little scary to get up close and personal with depression so keep taking super-deep belly breaths, relax (as best we can) and be brave. Let’s watch what comes up like we’re watching movie. Let’s notice what is happening. Notice if specific emotions come up and look them up in the emotion dictionary. When we feel ready, ASK DEPRESSION: Where has my energy gone? Why was it sent away? We’ve got this.

3. Relax

We ALL actively store tension from depression in our body. Sometimes we’re aware of it sometimes we’re not. That tension builds and exacerbates arthritic pain. After getting up close and personal with depression, let’s notice the residual tension in our body. Let’s do a body scan and take a walk around our whole body to relax the muscle, tissue and skin in each area. Breathe into each area and allow it to sink towards the earth. Yes.Let’s release and let it flow. Choosing to relax is an act of self-love. Let’s give ourselves some love.

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