Sunday, October 26, 2014

Depression and Expression

Written by: Adryelle

Depression. It’s a cycle. It’s a series of thoughts. It’s a dark curtain pulled over your head. It’s tiring. It is uninspiring. It is _______ (you fill in the blank). Many people struggle with depression. I’ve struggled, and still do struggle with it. Sometimes it’s hard to explain. Sometimes we don’t know why we struggle. Sometimes it is from one small thing, or many...

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 I don’t like talking about it really. It’s something that I still am trying to wrap my head around. I’ve been through therapy. One theory I have is this:

Depression < Expression

You can get over depression through expressing it.

To express something means that you are not suppressing it anymore. When you suppress things, they bottle up within your body to the point of not being able to tell the difference between each thing you are suppressing. I think that when we start to let things out (in a healthy way) we can minimize the depression. How can we do this? Through healthy outlets.

What are outlets? What are some healthy ways to express ourselves and get things out? Here is a list:

  • Journaling
  • Poetry
  • Art
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Exercise
  • Acting
  • (Find your outlet)
A lot of recovering drug addicts are encouraged to run, because running causes endorphins to go throughout the body, much like a drug high, but it is a healthier way. A lot of people fall into unhealthy outlets such as:
  • Drugs
  • Violence
  • Abuse
  • Alcohol
  • Promiscuity
  • Overeating
These outlets cause harm to others and oneself. This is why at rehab centers a lot of times they have art rooms, music rooms, and teach things like journaling etc. Talking to others really helps too. Having a support system is important when you are depressed. Feeling safe and comfortable talking to the people around you helps.

Depression can be caused by many things; stress, abuse, trauma, harmful behavior, etc. Whatever it is, we all must learn balance, nutrition, and healthy emotional care. Figure out an outlet that works best for you and stick to it. It will help lead a more balanced life. Baby steps are important, be patient with yourself and you will come through to lead a more balanced life.

Here is a song I wrote, music has always helped me to express myself and get my feelings out. This song is called The Waiting Room. It is up for interpretation for yourself, however when I wrote it I was observing many different aspects of life, death, growing old, waiting for change in life and wondering when it will happen. Listen and comment what your interpretation of it might be.

Written by: Adryelle
Country: United States
Twitter: @adryeIIe
Instagram: @Adryelle

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