Birthdays are supposed to be happy days but as we get older I notice how they become more and more depressing and steal the joy of the celebration.
Yesterday I wished someone a happy birthday and they responded with birthday yes, happy no.
That led to a phone call…
Truth was he did not feel very happy. Everything seemed hopeless.
I remember that feeling. It was one of the reasons I wrote “Who Stole My Success?”
It happens to everyone I believe. There are moments in our life when we look back and it feels like nothing has worked out. And when we feel like that it is CRITICAL to find things to be grateful for.
It is also important to create plans, even simple actions that you will undertake today and tomorrow.
World Health Organization (WHO) added a new video: I had a black dog, his name was depression. It was eye-opening for me about depression. I know that depression is serious: 3 members of my family suffer from serious, immobilizing depression.
I don’t claim to understand the depths of the mental health situation called depression but I do know that depression can affect everyone around the person suffering.
Is there a simple way of dealing with depression, short-term or long-term?
I’m not certain that there is but what I am certain of is that unless we connect, care and love each other depression will continue to steal all of our success.
Substance abuse, binge drinking, even excessive exercise to build endorphins are all ways that can be used to reduce symptoms of depression.
But what is this thing called depression?
There are many webpages devoted to it. There are professionals in the medical and council fields that specialise in depression.
Is this an increasing health risk?
Just because you feel sad or cry are you depressed or is it a temporary human reaction and you will get through it?
My belief, (and please let me know if you agree or not); is that if we practiced the 5 A’s (awareness, acknowledgement, acceptance, appreciation and action) more and actually loved ourselves and others so that we were better connected, then depression would no longer be the fastest growing medical condition (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in the western world today.
So today – HUGS all around. I do care.
You are AWESOME and remember you can stop your success thieves by taking control of your choices and saying NO to what is not working for you.
And remember: it is okay sometimes to feel sad, cry or just feel bummed out.
May your day be filled with little miracles and one big joy that carries you through to tomorrow when the same wish holds. Do something FUN!
Until next time