I’ve spent the past few days in battle with my depression. Usually when depression rears her ugly head, she can stick around for anywhere from one to two weeks. Since I work from home, often I’ll let go of my established daily routines, I’ll stay in my pajamas and not even worry about brushing my hair or teeth. Essentially, I don’t fight back against the illness’ efforts to pull me down.
I’ve tried fighting before to no avail, which is why I eventually gave up the fight in the first place. The difference then was that I didn’t have a plan. Without a plan to fight back, I was just flailing my arms around hoping to accidentally make contact. I didn’t stand a chance against the unrelenting and cunning depression who knew exactly what she was doing. Whose every move had purpose.
I remained passive as usual for the first day, but then I decided that this time, I was going to fight back. And this time, I was prepared with weapons to fight with.
- I would keep up with my morning routine to make the day feel as normal as possible.
- I would wear the outfits that made me feel beautiful and strong instead of the most comfortable thing I could find in my closet
- I would wear bright and fun makeup, add glitter to my face to make myself sparkle, wear dangly earrings and pretty hair thingies.
- I would raise the blinds on the windows and let the sunshine in even though it felt like my enemy.
Did it work right away? No. I had to struggle to keep fighting for about 3 days. But my warrior woman tactics did chase off the beast much sooner than she would have left on her own.
What are some of the weapons you use to fight when your mental illnesses invade? Leave a comment and give us all one more tool to add to our arsenal.