OWN YOUR GREATNESS
“What is the difference between anxiety and depression?” This is a great question, as both can and do affect us mentally, spiritually and physically. Our energy level, our ability to focus and our desire to do things, are all effected. Unfortunately, even the desire to be around friends and loved ones can be a struggle as well.
Remember, we discussed these same three parts of us that make us a whole (mental, physical and spiritual) Thus, the importance of nourishing all of us. When one part is weakened, the others are as well.
In this article , I would like to take a look at depression. Where does it come from? How does it feel? What can we do, if anything? Again, great questions! Depression comes from our past. It is that defeated feeling that makes it difficult to get out of bed and takes away the desire/motivation to accomplish most anything. It that voice telling us we are not good enough and causes us to second guess everything we say or do. Let me offer some good news. Yes my friends, there is absolutely something you can do to help yourself. There are actually several things you can do to move forward.
First, understand that you cannot change the past. I know what you are thinking, “wow, thanks Debbie, that really helped!” This can be a very difficult statement to accept. After all, we are in this struggle because of our past, accepting it only feels like defeat. As much as that phrase stinks, it is not only true, but it is the driving force in moving forward. You now have two choices when accepting this fact. Are you going to allow your past to destroy you, your dreams, your goals and desires? Or, are you going to get up, realize that you are better than your past, and use these things to create in you a stronger, more compassionate and effective human being? After all, without struggles, how would we feel the wonders of success? Without pain, how could we truly be there for someone who was hurting? Without loss, how could we appreciate the blessings around us that we do have? How could we ever know just how strong and amazing we are truly capable of becoming? Yes, it is in our past and the acceptance of it.
Because depression affects all three parts of us, it is imperative to treat all three parts of this. Is this depression a chemical imbalance or is it solely the struggles of a past event or series of events you don’t want to have to remember or deal with? Maybe it is all of the above. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition? Feed your body the things it needs in order to be at its healthiest. Foods can affect us chemically. Talk to someone, talk to your Doctor, talk to your friends, find a support group, do not seclude yourself. This is exactly what depression wants you to do. Finally, feed your spirituality, I cannot express enough the healing that comes from this. We are all spiritual beings, therefore, it is imperative to feed and nourish it. Without doing so, we will feel a disconnect within ourselves. Remember, physical, emotional and spiritual, it is who we are, therefore, respect them all. Love all of you!
I tell my clients this, “there are people out there that need to hear your voice.” “They are stuck where you were and need to know they can move forward to where you are today.” Also, “There are people out there now, where you will get to soon, that want to show you there is hope and power in the future.” Simply stated, you are not alone, this growth and acceptance process will not only help you, but help you to help others. We heal ourselves, by healing others. You are stronger than your past and more powerful than the memories that follow. Choose amazing, be that person you want to be and remember, you are never alone. Please feel free to email, text or call me if there is anything I can do to help. If you have a question, or would like help moving forward, I am here.
My next article will address Anxiety. Where it comes from, what it feels like and what we can do to help ourselves when it all feels so completely overwhelming and out of control. Are there techniques or solutions to help ‘calm the storm within’ and can social anxiety be relieved at all?
Remember, make today great! Not just for you, but for others as well. Be blessed and be a blessing to someone. It IS time to ‘OWN YOUR GREATNESS!’