(Not So) Gloomy Days

Have you ever looked outside and realized that the weather doesn’t fit your mood? Like you look and see that it looks to be the exact opposite of the way you’re feeling in that moment,

Have you ever looked outside and realized that the weather doesn’t fit your mood? Like you look and see that it looks to be the exact opposite of the way you’re feeling in that moment, and it causes you to take great pause. That’s the way it feels for me today.

It’s beautiful outside, sunny and warm-ish. It’s really nice weather for this time of year, and one of those days where you can really feel the seasons changing. I am struggling with this beautiful day because my current mood, the mood that I’ve had hanging around for a while, is just gloomy.

 

 

Normally, I would want to wash my car and crank up the music. I would want to run around town with the sun beating on my skin through my sunroof so I get a sunburn on half of my body. I would want to rummage through my clothes and shoes ready to wear something different. I look forward to this every year, but right now it just feels off to me.

Naturally, I feel like it should be cloudy, windy, and rainy outside. A storm large enough to make a mess of the day. Like a typical spring storm. Then maybe it would feel like it’s more balanced with my emotions. This sunny, near spring day just doesn’t fit.

 

 

I think lately I’ve been more down than I’d care to admit. Why can’t I get my mind to have a sunny disposition? Why must it focus mainly on pain? Why must it live in the dark? I want to take a moment and appreciate the day for what it is, beautiful.

I decided to be proactive and looked for some tips to help redirect my mind away from the darkness that seems to be following me lately. There are so many tips out there for fighting off depression, most of which are great, but I wanted to list tips that I actually planned to try to essentially “pull myself out of it”. I’ve tried these in the past and they seem to help me.

Here are a few tips for fighting off depression:

  • Listen to Music – music can really play with my mood and is my number one go-to when I am feeling down. It is quick and readily available on most occasions so it makes it a trusty tool. I typically listen to music with good beats, usually something that makes me feel the need to start bouncing my head no matter where we are. That’s when I know I am feeling it in a good way. I try to stay away from any music that noticeably brings me down.
  • Try Something New – there is something about stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new. It is both scary and exciting all at the same time. It can provide a much needed thrill when you’re feeling in a rut. There are always new things to try and who knows, you could find something that you absolutely love.
  • Get a massage – massage can help reduce tension in the body overall and has been known to improve depression and anxiety symptoms. I know that I have said this time and time again, but I don’t know what I would do without my Massage Therapist. I find that massage helps relieve pain from many of my conditions.

 

Photo by Lucie Capkova on Unsplash

 

What is your top tip for fighting off depression?

5 thoughts on “(Not So) Gloomy Days

  1. Please keep fighting. I felt this way on more than one occasion. The resolve to survive is what keeps us all fighting. Great tips as well; What I do to fight depression is go for long walks. The solitude and outside air helps me greatly. You’ll be in my thoughts, please take care.

    1. I don’t think I could ever give up or stop fighting, it’s just not in my nature. But I often wonder if I am fighting the right battles, you know?. And, I completely agree with going for walks outside. I absolutely love going for nature walks when I can! 🙂

      1. I wholeheartedly believe you won’t give up. Just wanted to give heartfelt reminders. I have to remind myself the very things I told you. And I’m glad you agree! Nature walks are a wonderful escape. 💛

  2. Yay for massage! 😃 LOL! 😉
    But seriously, I think it’s very difficult for the brain to have a positive thought when the nervous system is experiencing physical pain. So don’t feel bad if you find yourself struggling to think positively when your body is basically ‘under attack’!
    Thinking of you! ❤

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