Greetings My Lovelies!
I hope you’re all doing well today. Like I said yesterday, I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m working on it. Before we begin I’ve got a few announcements. First, I’ve made some updates to my Patreon page here Patreon Page . Be sure to check it out and join to get exclusive content and other goodies. Second, I’ve decided to do a authortube page as well. The content will be a bit of the same but there will be somethings that are on the authortube page that won’t be up here. I’m still debating on whether or not I want to switch or run both, so for now I will do both. That’s all I have for now, so lets get started.
First let me start off by saying that while I have depression, I am not a doctor and you should always seek professional help for all physical and mental concerns.
I started to develop depression in my early teens. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I had no faith that they could help me. The only thing that saved my life was to give the demons in my head a safe outlet. I drew and wrote down every dark thought that came through my head. In my later years, I finally had to get professional help which was a life changer.
So what does any of this have to do with writing? Well, as anyone with depression will tell you, it kills your passions. The things that gave you joy no longer will and it becomes a struggle to do the things that you know you have to. I have to remind you that these are just generalizations and do not fit every person who has depression.
For me, it means I just lack the energy to do anything. I can’t focus. My whole body hurts like I have the flu and all I want to do is sleep. Now I try to write everyday, but when I’m having a low day I can’t seem to which makes me feel bad and I get even more depressed. It’s a vicious cycle.
But there’s ways that you can work with and around your depression so that you can still be somewhat productive.
1. Work on your social media.
Honestly that’s what I end up doing 90% of the time I’m in a rut. If you’re the same then why not work on your platform by commenting on other people’s post or just making your presence known. It takes very little effort and platforming is a crucial part of being a writer.
2. Write what you can.
If you can only get a paragraph or a sentence then that’s fine. At least you sat yourself down and did something. Small victories.
3. Go for a walk.
This helps me a lot. Sometimes just getting out the house and going for a walk in a park, or to the library, or to your favorite store can help shake the fog off.
4. Treat yourself.
If you have something that always makes you feel good like a glass of wine, bubble bath, massage, spay day, manicure, whatever. Treat yourself. You deserve it.
5. Talk to someone.
This is probably the most important thing that you can do. Talking gets those thoughts out of your head and into the light where they can’t survive. Talk to your significant other, best friend, therapist, pet whoever just talk. If you feel like you can’t burden your loved ones with your “issues” then write them down on a piece of paper and burn it.
What do you do to overcome your depression?
How does your depression affect you?
Until next time folks.
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