Am I depressed? Many of us struggle with depression. I used to. But in recent years I’ve learned to hear depression as a shout from within myself saying, “pay attention to me!” Depression is not necessarily a bad thing, and it doesn’t have to be endured. If you listen and act appropriately, you can use your depression and make some course corrections in your life.
When I was in my teens and twenties—and sometimes in my thirties—I would depress myself for a few weeks at a time. Now, I have an agreement with my wife, Hannah. One day a month is my quota, maybe two. Seriously, one to two days a month. I don’t use my quota every month and unfortunately—or fortunately—it’s not like the rolling minutes cell phone plans where if you don’t use the minutes this month they roll over to be used next month. If I don’t use my day or two this month, I still only get a day or two next month.
Why Am I Depressed?
When I depress myself it’s because I’ve drifted off course. I’m no longer living according to my values. Or I’ve lost sight of how fortunate I am. Or there’s something I need to do but I’m not doing it. There are many reasons, but my point is that it’s just a sign that I’m not honoring myself. If I allow my depression to do what it’s intended to do, which is get me to slow down, conserve energy and pay attention to myself—I quickly move through and come out the other side with clarity. I’ve learned to use my depression to renew myself—to make myself anew.
There are many things we can do to release ourselves from the grips of depression. If you want to learn more about this, please fill in your name and emails address in the box below and we’ll send you the article, “Am I Depressed?” And in addition to reading the article, commit an act of generosity—do something kind for someone—and I promise you’ll feel better about yourself.