During the summer, I feel as close to myself as I ever do. But when the weather starts to change, the days become shorter, and the sun shines less frequently, I begin to worry.
See, for many years I struggled with depression. In fact, I still do, but to a much lesser degree. And the time of year when it’s always the worst is when it’s rainy, dreary, and cold–so, like, 11 months out if the year in Vancouver.
Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past few years, and have not only been medication free for several years, but have also figured out a) my triggers and patterns, and b) things I can do to counteract the depression.
I won’t get into the triggers and patterns, but I will share a few of my coping mechanisms.
-walks with music
-reaching out to friends and family, even with texts
-exercising, and on the opposite side if the spectrum …
-being lazy and watching crap tv
-saying nice things to myself up in the mirror
-singing at the top of my lungs
-showering, putting on makeup, doing my hair, and putting on clothes not made out of Lycra
-taking photos to remind myself of all the things I have to be thankful for
Speaking of … Here are a few photos from the long weekend. And by long weekend I mean my long weekend because I took Monday off 😛
My framed photo of Percy from the SAINTS fundraiser. Thanks, Mom and Laura!