What Does Depression Have to Do With Bread?
I had a feeling you were going to ask me!
When you’re making bread the old-fashioned
way, using yeast, kneading dough, then putting
it in a bowl and letting it rise in a warm place…
getting bigger is exactly what you want it to do.
But if you’re dealing with Depression, the last
thing you want to do is let it get bigger and bigger.
You do NOT want to let it rise!
How Depression Rises
Laying in bed all day, watching TV, not
answering the phone, not reaching out to talk
to anyone, not getting out, not doing anything
that makes you feel productive, not eating or
drinking or thinking anything healthy…
these are all ways Depression gets a chance
to grow bigger and bigger and bigger.
Moving from the bed to the couch counts
as a move in the right direction. Eating an
apple instead of a Pop-tart counts big time.
You Gotta Poke At It
If you want your Depression to stay somewhat
manageable, you have to keep poking at it.
Instead of letting it sit and get bigger, you have
to do things that prevent it from rising.
Now, if you are grieving a loss, you want to do
the opposite (within reason)…I’ve written all
about giving yourself the time and space to
grieve in Stop Kicking the Turtle! Grief and
Depression might look and feel the same,
but they are entirely different things.
Keep Depression From Rising
Doing things you don’t feel like doing
(because you are depressed…duh!)
that stimulate your brain and body are
ways to “poke at” your depression and
keep it from rising.
Things like going for a walk, making a
healthy lunch or dinner, calling up a good
friend, getting outside into nature, doing
something nice for someone else…these
are things you can do to poke, poke, poke
at your Depression.
Even little pokes count!!!!
Your Depression Will Hate You
Constantly doing things to poke at your
Depression is going to really make it mad.
It might just get so frustrated with you that
it picks up and leaves, just to show you it
doesn’t need to keep taking your abuse.
It’s going to get really sick and tired of being
bugged all the time and never left in peace.
Feel free to tell it not to let the door hit it
in the rear end on the way out. 🙂