3 Coping Mechanisms for Depression

3 coping mechanisms for depression

Today I want to serve you and talk about depression. So many people suffer…needlessly. I’m here to share my 3 coping mechanisms for depression.

 

 

The other day I Googled “most common problems of middle aged women” and I actually was shocked. 95% of what Google showed in that search was about depression. That kind of made me sad because I was hoping to see something like makeup or fashion or sex drive or something like that but no, it was almost all about depression. I wanted to address that because I’ve been there and some days I still am there.

 

Let me preface anything that I’m about to say with, I’m obviously not a doctor I’m just little Lorri sitting in my living room making a video and blog post for you and sharing my experiences with you, sharing my life with you.

 

I went through a severe depression late 90’s early 2000’s I was on some strong anti-depressant medicines for a very long time..for 7 years and I finally quit cold turkey after 7 long years. Life continued to evolve in different ways and I through these experiences I have learned so many lessons in the last few years. I’ve become so much wiser and so much stronger in many areas.

 

That being said, depression still seeps in from time to time and so I understand and I get it and what I want to share with you today some of my own personal coping mechanisms because I think for some people depression doesn’t necessarily ever completely go away…it still lingers in the background like crazy stupid gremlins that try and come out.

 

Therefore you need to learn how to cope with it and to almost embrace it, and that’s my first coping mechanism:

 

  • embrace it
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    We are made the way we are made for a reason, everything about who we are and who you are is for a purpose so if having depression on a regular basis or a just every so often kind of basis, like it is with me, it’s simply part of who you are so embrace that and learn to make the best of it. I have embraced mine for this purpose right here, to be able to teach the lessons I’ve learned from it.

     

  • learn from it
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    Can you improve yourself in some area because of how you’re feeling and how depression makes you feel. Also, is there something that you can, in turn, turn around and give back in some way to somebody else. When I can give back I know that changes the way I feel and depression is no longer an issue at that point in time.

     

  • project yourself beyond the moment
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    Move beyond how you are feeling right now and project into a minute from now or an hour from now or tomorrow or next week or next year, when things can and will be significantly different. I quite literally stop myself, close my eyes and just breathe deeply and say Lorri “think forward, think forward”.

     

    Those are my 3 coping mechanisms for depression; embrace it, it’s part of who you are so stop fighting it. Embrace who you are just exactly how you are and at this stage of life, the middle of our life, there’s still so much we can do to improve ourselves but that won’t happen until you can accept yourself. Learn from it and give back, take yourself out of the equation and give to somebody else, whatever it is, the circumstances will present themselves. And then think forward. Put yourself into a place in your mind where you’re not feeling depressed and you’re not being depressed.

     

    Again, these are all just my own personal stories and circumstances that I’m sharing with you today. I never used to talk about the fact that I had depression; that I have depression. I’m learning to love myself and I hope and trust and pray that you will too, because ladies, we’re entering the second half here and there’s no time like the present, we never know what life is about to hand over to us so, every day is precious.

     

    With love & gratitude …
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    Mental Health Awareness Month and How to Deal with Depression

    It had been weighing heavily on my mind … when to tell my girls that I struggle with [gulp] … depression [like they didn’t possibly think it on some level already, they ARE adults after all]. Even so, depression, well, for me it has been something I try and hide, not something I share with many people at all.  Something deep inside me told me it was time to share …

    My greatest battle, and yes, it was a battle, with depression was 16 years ago; a lifetime ago. That being said, the memories of it are never far from the surface.

    I’m so incredibly grateful for the things I have learned over the years; not only coping mechanisms, but methods of true healing. While depression still tries to creep into my life here and there [I’m not going to lie, it could potentially be mid-life stuff | misconstrued expectations | how come I’m not a millionaire yet, type stuff 😉 ] I know how to COPE and even more overcome now.

    My greatest accomplishments in overcoming depression [which is far different than being depressed BTW] are mostly in:

    Now, everyone is different, and heals at their own pace.  Please don’t take any of what I’m saying or suggesting in this post as any kind of a diagnosis or treatment, because it’s NOT.  This is simply me sharing my story in an effort to reach out to all you wonderful online followers of mine.  If I struggle [or have struggled] then chances are one or more of you have as well.  If I can assist or help even ONE person by sharing my story, then it is worth it!

    If you do feel you have depression, I encourage you to reach out and get help.  Yes, it’s scary, but it is necessary.  Do you want to get better, overcome, succeed?  Then you need to reach out for help.

    If nothing else, talk to SOMEONE about it, don’t keep it inside.

    Here is a list of websites that you may find useful:

    1. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/detecting-depression
    2. http://www.cmha.ca/
    3. http://www.depressionhurts.ca/en/checklist/

     

    With love & gratitude …

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