But it’s all gravy!
In the light of lockdown akin to the Pandemic, and its influence on steadily soaring rate of suicides, mental health has become a matter of talk lately. Just like the virus, Depression and its allies mustered strength during this period ensuing halted human activities. When seasonal depression met lockdown depression, it resulted in a bleak outcome on our mental health.
Just like it’s theoretical meaning, depression basically is a trench; a trench if fallen, will pertain a feeling of severe melancholy.
Most of us that claim to be depressed aren’t actually depressed; it’s just our brain tricking us into believing we’re so when in reality we may be just bored. Sometimes we get engulfed by a wave of sadness; reasons many. In lieu of determining whether it’s depression or acknowledging the root of the problem, we look around for remedies to cure our newly bud ‘depression’.
It could actually be clinical depression as well; we never know for sure. Seeking medical/therapautical help is always recommended now that we are aware of the dangers depression entails and the silent killer it is. Either ways, venting the emotions to somebody and talking it out is allegedly the #1 solution as per some social media posts I came across. Talking it out, per se, is therapeutic and it complements with taking it(sorrows) out: provided some criteria are met. Who we are venting to is as important as what we’re venting. We might not even be looking for solutions but it should be someone who will listen to us in earnest and empathise with us. If you have a friend or a family member who you think will understand what you’re going through and will lend a shoulder, all you need to do is just rely on them.
But what if you don’t feel comfortable doing so or are conscious of bothering anyone with problems even you’re clueless of?
Sometimes our greatest companion is our own mind. We can engage in debates or argue with it, motivate, compassionate our mind; without the fear of being judged. When we are conversing with our mind, it enables us to analyse the problem at hand and might automatically suggest solutions. This is what I do when I feel low. I’ve a diary in which I pen down my thoughts and feelings in the form of journal, when I feel restless. Nothing formal; just some scribbles concerning how I’m feeling. And it helped me analyse things in a broader perspective and dilute my worries.
For instance, if somebody’s action had a negative impact on me or hurt me in anyway, I’d simply reflect on how I felt at that time. This eventually gives me a justification for their behaviour. Eventually I’m able to percieve things from that person’s vision. The best part is it stays only between me and my diary.
Later when I’m over it, i find the things I’ve jot down very absurd; duh this can’t be me, I’m a changed person now. See it doesn’t even matter after a while. So when you’re stressing over something just analyse the situation and think if it would have the same impact or mean something a year or a month from now.
Carpe diem doesn’t only mean something to add a charm to your Instagram bio; but could bolster your life as well : )