Saturday, 4 July 2015
Expressing yourself out of depression
How do you share with your loved ones and the world what you're really feeling? Who do you share your emotional truths with? Who hears the plight of your broken heart as it reluctantly beats clinging onto a sadness long ago buried away from the sight of others?
When I hear the expression,
"I suffer from bouts of depression." I think, how wonderfully intelligent we are - isn't it fantastic that our body and mind recognises something isn't right, and gives us the, "nudge" that now is the time to address this horrible feeling?
The first place to start is by simply speaking up - admitting to yourself first and then sharing with others who love and care about you that you're not feeling good is the most important first step.
Only then can you start your journey back from depression.
So then, why not quietly make the decision today to stop putting a brave face on it and start being more honest about all that you're feeling? And by this I mean, the good feelings, the bad and the ugly! We are all capable of experiencing the whole spectrum of emotions, but how many of us are prepared to express the whole range?! Culturally it's not encouraged to be emotionally honest, but our bodies know differently - burying our feelings makes us unwell. Make a start on constructively expressing your feelings today and know that by doing so you're doing yourself a great favour - you might just find yourself emerging from that tunnel of depression far sooner than you'd anticipated.
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” ― Sigmund Freud