Chase those idle thoughts away

SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library. You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

Everyone has periods in their lives that are not so great. Some can be attributed to growing pains when we are young. Others can be attributed to self-destruction or self-sabotage, depending on your extra-curricular habits or your lifestyle choices, the list goes on. However, there are some that have down periods over the simple day to day things, which is generally diagnosed as depression.
Depression is defined as feelings of severe despondency and dejection. Basically you are in a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or the courage to change that. According to a recent studies done by the World Health Organization nearly 350 million people world-wide suffer from this disorder. There are a variety of ways to treat depression depending on the severity. Most use medications such as Prozac, but sometimes no medication is needed, just a change in thought and attitude.
Oftentimes it is said that self-doubt creeps into your mind and swiftly turns into depression. I find that to be so true in life. I am one of those people who have bouts of depression, meaning I have good days and bad days but nothing serious. I find that in my case the self doubts are creeping in. As I begin feeling this way I begin feeling lost and alone, even though I am far from it. I feel that no one can possibly understand what I am going through and that things are not going to get better. Well, if 350 million people suffer from worse depression than me, I cannot possibly be alone. I’m lucky it’s just a bad day for me and not a long stretch of endless bad days.
I have found that recently I have had to do a lot of soul searching in order to fight the blues. After having been on disability for the last year due to my back injury and then two months on my back recovering from back surgery, I have had a lot of time to think about what do next. My employment prospects are limited since I have chosen a very limited field to work in, and those prospects are not that great these days. So I am finding I must find some other sort of employment and that just gets me down.
In order to chase those idle thoughts away I have found that keeping busy has helped. Usually it becomes as simple as just cleaning my house or doing random chores, but sometimes it falls to doing something like taking a walk or doing some vigorous exercise until I hurt. The pain from my body keeps my mind from hurting as much. Lately I have also taken to finding on-line learning classes and tutorials that may help me in changing careers and building helpful skill sets. All of these things have succeeded in doing one thing, frolicking in self-pity and self-doubt. My grandma always used to say, “Idle hands are the devil’s work.” Well, I say, “Idle thoughts are the devil’s work.” So if you suffer from self-doubt and depression try to find a way to keep your mind and body busy and I promise it will begin to life your spirits.

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