One of the situations that develop for those of us who are depressed is to isolate. To hole up. To hibernate. This of course works for bears –but just makes things worse for those of us who are depressed. Isolation from life causes a fracture–a disconnectedness from others and our daily activities. We find that we are gradually slowing down–withdrawing from others and choosing to be alone rather than being connected. Our minds go round and round choosing to do nothing, circling around like a dog chasing its tail, rather than finding solutions. Basically, isolation is our solution.
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
A mantra that needs repeating in our minds is to tell ourselves that we need to move our bodies if the mind is to break free from the chains of immobility. Move the body and the mind will follow. Once we have committed ourselves to get physically moving the more the mind will challenge our isolation and inactivity. At first we will have that ongoing debate inside ourselves telling ourselves “I’ll do it when I feel better.” I know, I’ve been there.
I am going to keep myself physically fit.
“Keeping physically fit! It is a must for us, who are and who have been depressed. Walking not only restores harmony to the body, it likewise restores my self-esteem and self-confidence.”
Try walking. It costs nothing. No gym fees or dues. Walking can make a difference for those of us who find ourselves with our thoughts of suicide, despair and hopelessness. In the very act of walking, I move outside the narrow and limited circle of my life and move into relationships with other people, places, and situations. Walking releases mood elevating chemicals in my blood and like others, may cause me to feel a slight elevation of mood. Walking also helps distract me from the ever present round of negative thinking that continues to oppress me.
With time and perseverance, I discover that exercise not only reduces physical tension in my life, but it also makes it possible for me to feel better about myself.
For me to feel good about myself, I have to first want to like myself. I want to attempt to live just for today and not be concerned about what if this , or what if that happens. I am deciding today, that for me to feel better, I must get active and exercise.
God will help us and motivate us to get out into the world of fresh air and the diverse beauty of creation so that we may enjoy God’s goodness manifest itself all around us.
Please click onto the TOOLS FOR RECOVERY menu here at the website. See items EXERCISE and BEING in NATURE.
SOURCE: (c) Higher Thoughts for Down Days” 365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 Step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.Ky. Pages 222-223. November 8.
I’ll do it when I feel better. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.