Old advice is not always good advice …

John_Longstaff_-_Breaking_the_News,_1887Many years ago I had an episode of depression and sought help from a therapist. There is one main piece of advice I have always remembered and it helped me tremendously over the years.

The advice was keep involved and don’t stop doing things.Β At the time is was the exact opposite of what I felt like doing. I wanted to withdraw into a quiet space and tell the world to go away. I followed the doctor’s advice, probably more so with my career. I don’t think I ever missed a day’s work due to depression. No-one at work was aware that I had any concerns. I can put on a good face that all is well!

I am grateful that I was able to keep working full-time over 17 years with the state government. It has allowed me to take an early retirement. Interestingly though, the advice I was given years ago seems to be a little redundant now. I only realised recently that I have developed an excessive habit of keeping busy to ward off any signs of depression.

Given that my lifestyle now doesn’t have the pressures and demands of the past, it seems I can let down my barriers a little and not be on the defensive and fearful that depression may sneak up on me. I have always been very aware how important it is to get the right balance in my life. Too much stress can definitely set one up for an episode of depression however not enough challenge in life is just as concerning.

Life is an ongoing learning process, isn’t it?





9 thoughts on “Old advice is not always good advice …

  1. I read a book once that said that people with clinical depression deserve a gold star “just for following their feet out of bed in the morning.” I agree.

    Recognizing all of our small accomplishments does wonders to lift our mood.

    • Yes the mind sure is interesting to study. We have spoken before about Sydney Banks and his philosophy of Mind … some real wisdom there. Thanks for your thoughts πŸ™‚

  2. I have a friend who is clinically depressed, she follows the same advice, and she never misses work either. It has also kept her medication free for some time, despite routine bouts of depression. congratulations on a fantastic effort.

    • Thanks FD. I am really grateful for that advice as it has helped me get through some tough times. Now that life is easier I think I can afford to let my defenses down a bit and not be so worried that depression is lurking in every corner πŸ™‚

  3. Pingback: Following Our Feet Out Of Bed | Spirit Lights The Way

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