God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
Be absolutely alert and make no effort
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Blasting out of the Depressosphere
Good Morning 9am
You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you.
Therefore, you can deconstruct it. -Albert
Somebody wrote (I apologise for not remembering who) that to break a habit you have to get far enough away from it to get clear of its gravitational pull.
I think this is true.
I don't think depression is a habit but I think some of the thoughts and behaviours used to cope with it are.
So I thought I'd blast myself out of the orbit of the current blues by brainstorming twenty things I could do to deal with them. Then I decided to do them all, one at a time, to put some distance between myself and my ruminating on my mood (bad habit). Even though I'm not now on the top of the world, I felt much better while I was working through the list and I've made the world and my future a little better. The day is ending now. I wonder if I'd kept blasting for longer I would have blasted myself clear. I don't know.
Here are the twenty things, anyway. I did the bolded ones.
Go for a walk with the dog
Tend the chickens
Do some gardening
Go buy coffee
Walk to the top of the hill
Put on some music
Have some wine
Clean the kitchen
Do some work
Draw a mandala
Plant some impatiens cuttings
Go to Ikea
Read a blog I like
Write a blog post
Do some yoga
Do all of the above
See what Peter is doing
Do 'something my future self will thank me for' (words courtesy of Matthew, commenting on a Marc and Angel post)