If you live in this world today, you know who Eeyore and his friends are. I came across this this morning and thought it was something to share because I think we can all relate to being like Eeyore at some point in our lives. Many people who live with pain, have also experienced feelings of depression at one time or another. Maybe you are feeling that way now.
Depression is a normal human emotion and you don't have to live with pain to feel it. The ups and downs of life can be a struggle for us all. Usually this depression doesn't last long before we snap out of it. Sometimes though, it isn't that easy.
When the depression takes control of your thoughts, and lasts longer than a few weeks, you may need outside help. There is no shame in asking for help because you are struggling with your thoughts and feelings. If your feelings of depression are preventing you from being involved in your life, or even caring about it, please talk with someone.
Yes....even our depression affects those we live with and whom we share our lives with. Living in our depression separates us from our families and our friends. We avoid gatherings and social functions when we can, and when we are there, we really aren't. We withdraw into ourselves and even separate ourselves from everyone else not talking or getting involved. When the depression takes control we often distance ourselves from everything around us. We have little energy for the things that once made us smile and enjoy life.
It's important that when you're experiencing depression that controls your thoughts and behaviours, you speak to your doctor or health care professional. There are crisis lines that you can reach out to as well that are confidential. The most important thing to know is that depression can make us isolate ourselves from those who love us and often need us. If you don't think you're worth the help just yet, I can understand that. But let me say this, YOU ARE! ...so are your children, your family and your friends.
Take good care of you okay?