Have you ever felt depressed? Depression is a totally natural thing. Everyone can feel blue from time to time, but its when that depression becomes a long term disabling feeling that it is cause for concern.
I don’t really ever recall feeling depressed until I got married and started having my kids. I can imagine that this would be caused by changing hormones, catering to someone elses needs 24/7 instead of your own, and increased stress of child rearing. Not to forget to mention that if you deciding to be a stay at home mom, you are now spending days in a row stuck in your home with a baby who cant talk back to you. The lack of social interaction is enough to put anyone in a funk. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my life with my kids for anything, but being a stay at home mom is not all fun and play. It is really hard work, long days and no break.
Lately I have been feeling a bit more blue than normal, but I am sure that this is caused by the weather here in Michigan. It has been a long winter and the snow does not seem to be slowing anytime soon. I am not much of a cold weather person, so I have been spending my days locked inside my house all day, every day. I know that I need to go outside and get active, but with the roads being snow covered and icy it does not make it all that easy. My lack of movement is leaving me feel unenergized, fat and depressed.
I recently started reading a book called Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD and it couldn’t have come to me at a better time. The book has been a big help in teaching me how to keep my winter “blues” from developing into something darker. The book begins by laying out reasons why people may get depressed. Understanding why you are feeling the way you do is the first step to learning how to combat these feelings. There are many factors that can contribute to sad feelings, many of which I described above in my own life. There are also medical reasons why someone feels depressed and the book talks about each reason in detail. I also have dealt with medical depression in the past and you can read about it on my previous post, Arggh, Im a Pirate.
So, now you know why you are feeling bad, but now what? I loved that this book listed numerous tested techniques that you can easily perform on a daily basis to help increase your mood and deal with the negative thoughts naturally (without medication). It listed techniques such as meditation, helping others, changing your diet and so much more. I would love to list out all of the techniques here on my blog and tell you what you can do to change your mood for the long term, but I cant. I think you would get the most benefit by reading the entire book yourself. I can tell you though that it is worth your time. I truly enjoyed reading this book and have seen an improvement in my overall mood since I started reading. Now, if I can just get the sun to come out here in Michigan, or find a way to get to Florida, I think I will be alright.
Want to know where you can get the book Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Beingso you can kick the mommy blues out of your life? You can currently find Andrew Weil, MD’s publication on sale at Amazon at the following link.