Coping with Depression: Leaps of Courage and Faith

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When stuck in symptoms of depression, it helps to do simple things that you know will “raise your vibrations.”

You may not experience enjoyment doing these activities or feel better afterward—doing them is taking a leap of faith that your life energy is getting a positive charge no matter how you feel.

We all know what types of activities raise human vibration, or help people thrive. Many of them can be done in small increments of time and effort, and some require little effort at all—such as listening to inspiring music.

Seven Simple Vibe Boosters

If you cannot rely on feelings of pleasure to reward your efforts, then you must exercise courage to do what helps you survive and feel better.

  1. Whenever possible, walk barefoot in the grass. There is something very grounding and calming about connecting to the earth through the soles of your feet. Take time to examine whatever flower or plant life is around you as well.
  2. Unless you have a medical reason to avoid the sun, spending just ten minutes each day enjoying the sun’s light supplies your body with the vitamin D it requires. The sun’s natural spectrum of rays also stimulates essential brain processes, such as hormone production.
  3. Any physical movement is beneficial: walking, dancing, or swaying to music, vacuuming, swinging your arms around, swimming, gardening, stretching, and scrubbing the tub. If necessary, enlist the support of a friend who is willing to walk, or swing their arms with you.
  4. It helps to hang out with generally positive family or friends. You do not have to converse necessarily. Just being near those feeling better than you can be beneficial. It is okay to let people know you just want to spend time around them but do not feel much like talking.
  5. Anything that tickles your funny bone is a vibration raiser. You do not have to laugh out loud or even smile, but somewhere under the heaviness of depression is your sense of humor, and it can still be reached—even if your expression of it is muffled. If you do break out in laughter, so much the better.
  6. It takes a load off to get everyday tasks accomplished but the thought of doing the laundry or cleaning up the kitchen can seem overwhelming or pointless. It might help to approach those tasks moving more slowly than you usually do. Moving slowly and deliberately alters your relationship to the world and to time, and it may help you get something accomplished.
  7. Taking a bath or shower, and wearing clothes you know you like, may feel like a weighty chore, but it boosts well-being even if you are too numb to notice.

Humans are very motivated to do things that make them feel good. Those of us who are depressed cannot tap into that motivation. Still, we know intellectually what helps us thrive and doing these things can make a positive long-term difference. It is a coping tool that may add-up to better days.

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