Live and think well

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Live and think well

Depression – a true challenge

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Depression is very misunderstood and sometimes hard to explain to others, especially those who have not experienced it.  As I watched “Mark’s Story” I could relate to what he was saying.  One thing that is always painful for me when I have a significant bout with depression is the lack of feeling the Spirit in my life.  The Spirit is such a comfort for me and yet when I am experiencing depression, I can do the very same things that I normally do and not feel the same at all.  Even worse is if I start to beat myself up that there must be something wrong with me or else I would be feeling the Spirit when I read my scriptures or go to church.

depression is hard

If you have experienced this lack of the Spirit when going through depression, please be kind to yourself.  Take 15 minutes and watch this video.  I hope it will bring you comfort.

Last, I would like to offer what I have found helpful when I am in the middle of one of the above described situations.  Sometimes reading the scriptures will be hard for me.  I will hear (not literally) a condemnatory voice in my head bringing up all of the things that the scriptures are talking about that I am doing wrong.  At times like this, I read the Ensign (I especially like Latter-day Saint Voices at these times) or listen to comforting music.  I really like Peace like a River CD from Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

What I am saying is, if something makes you feel worse, even if it normally helps you, don’t do it!  Breaking the downward mental spiral is essential!  Be quiet, listen to yourself — what would you really like to do?  And then do it.  Take a warm bath, go on a walk, write in your journal, do whatever is good for you.

And again, I say be kind to yourself.  Feeling depressed can be very rough.  But we don’t have to stay there.  We can learn new patterns and new skills and work our way out of it.

Wishing all of us much peace,

Connie

Good things will be yours

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Love, love, love

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Dream & believe

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Hard work brings dividends

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The bitter and the sweet

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Keep laughing

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Bring sunshine to others

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