People throw the word depression around quite loosely sometimes. Often when we say “I’m depressed because my team won the grand final” or “I’m so depressed because I hate this job” we may not be talking about clinical depression. Rather, we’re just talking about being in a bit of a funk in life. We all get this way at times. It is natural to have an ebb and flow in our emotions and energy levels and sometimes our lifestyle habits are not supporting us to bounce back from this. If this seems true for you, reflect for yourself:
“Am I in a funk?”
If so, get out quick!
You are the only one who can change how you spend your days. Choose:
- a bit more activity
- a bit more sunlight
- a bit more interaction with others who nourish your being
- read stuff that helps you feel good
- keep a daily list of the things you are grateful for (at first it may be hard but with practice it can really help you to see life and events with a positive perspective)
- listen to music that you love
- volunteer your time to help someone in your family, community or through a charity
AND BUILD UP THE GOOD STUFF IN YOUR LIFE AS BEST YOU CAN
Being in a funk can pass, and you can help speed it up. Allowing it to consume you though can enable the changes in your mood and energy levels to become more pervasive and this can be harder to then change. If you find that you can;’t engage in these positive changes or if the funk persists then make some time to speak to a GP (check out the list of practitioners who are recommended for responding to mental health issues on www.beyondblue.org.au) and make sure that it isn’t something more serious and get any support that you might need.