Depression tends to move in connected riptides. You have a bad day at work and feel your mood plummeting. You grab a chocolate for an instant sugar high and unknowingly throw your body into the first current. Later on your blood sugar crashes and you feel even worse than before. Now you’re feeling emotional and irritable and just want to get home and sleep. It takes every bit of energy to drag yourself into your bed, and when your alarm goes off the next morning to go for a run with your best friend, you press snooze and forget you didn’t hear it. Then you start your morning with low energy levels, grab some toast (yay carbs) and off you go, current to current, further out to sea.
Just like with an ocean’s rip, with depression you have 3 options: You can fight it (this only makes you more exhausted), you can go with it (eventually it will spit you out), or you can take action and do the opposite to what your mind is telling you to. In the water you swim horizontal to the rip and escape it from the side. With depression you do the same – you do something counterintuitive to break the pull.
I have a new mantra that helps me do just that. It really goes against what I FEEL like doing when I’m down, but it works. It’s the philosophy that pulled me out of my dark December.