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Depression Awareness Week- Rediscover your inner-child

Play more.

This is one of the most common pieces of advice to help those with depression who may be stuck in an inactive, guilt-ridden rut. If you are sitting there feeling guilty about enjoying yourself and you often put other’s needs first at the cost of some “me” time then you probably need to find your inner-child and learn to play again.  The chances are that with a combination of  low mood, apathy, lack of motivation and energy you have forgotten how to enjoy yourself.  Putting some fun back into your life can be hard at first but everyone needs and deserves a break. Take a look at your weekly schedule. How many things do you do that you enjoy? What did you used to enjoy doing which you don’t do any more? Why not?

My son’s 5th birthday party was held at a  hall in the town near where we lived.  A Bouncy castle was part of the deal and whilst I was quite happy keeping a watchful eye on 30 5-year-olds taking turns to bounce away without inhibition secretly I couldn’t wait until they had all gone home so I could go and have a bounce myself.

And so I did.

What great fun it was and I left the party out of breath but feeling elated.

One of my current priorities is to put some fun me-time back in my calendar. It means I have to be organised, and think ahead but I know that I will feel better for it and won’t be so grumpy. Doing things that I enjoy will lift my mood, increase my self-confidence and give me a platform from where I hope to regain the energy and desire to do things I know is lurking underneath this smothering blanket of depression. You don’t have to go rampaging around on Spacehoppers like yours truly, or get the train set out like yours truly, or fill the paddling pool, like yours truly, but you do need to find something that you can do and enjoy freely and without inhibition.

Try watching a group of children play. No inhibition; no sense of danger; lots of laughter ringing out from all directions. How nice to feel that free and how good for the soul is that?

For my UK readers, watch out for the Depression Alliance Picnic in the Park coming to Stratford Upon Avon on Sunday 5 June…..a day by the river for BBQs, games, chilling out and family fun. Everyone is welcome whether a member of DA or not. Contact the Depression Alliance or me for further details. Let’s make it a day to remember and kick off an annual event.

As my psychologist keeps telling me; ” The best cure for depression is how you live your life”

He’s absolutely right. So bring on the fun and games.

 

Amazon-Garden games

How to fight depression with creativity

Livestrong-Inner child

 

 

 

More balls than most….

This Christmas learn to juggle. I’m not talking about working “smart” or about the energy sapping lifestyle  juggling of work, shopping, children etc that can bring us all to our knees. I am talking about REAL juggling. The fun stuff.

Whether you are on your own or with family and friends juggling is a fun but very worthwhile skill to learn and what’s more it has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. I learnt to juggle almost twenty years ago now and it never fails to amuse me and my friends on occasions, and like riding a bike, once mastered you never forget how to juggle.

Before you discount this as being rather frivolous and not suitable for you “because I am so uncoordinated”, believe me I have never come across a person who hasn’t mastered the basic three-ball cascade with a bit of determination and perseverance. I do admit that it can be frustrating whilst learning, but it’s a fun frustration and a great way of immersing yourself in learning a new skill giving your mind some well-deserved time out. It can even be hilarious at times and there is nothing like a good laugh to make you feel better. So, what are the benefits?

Juggling is a fun way to improve your mental, emotional and  physical health. It works to balance both left and right hemispheres of the brain  to improve motor-skill functions, reading, writing, creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-motivation, concentration and multi-tasking. It can help combat and prevent the development of depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other mental and emotional diseases.

You will learn how to break big problems into smaller ones and use smaller steps to reach your ultimate goal. This is particularly useful when coping with depression and anxiety as you tend to get overwhelmed by the “bigger picture”.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the “winter blues” effects many people when they find themselves stuck inside over the winter months. No more so than this year with all the snow and ice we have had and more on the way. Juggling is a fantastic way to keep occupied whilst indoors or when on your own.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get yourself some beanbags, juggling balls or even oranges and have a go. You’ll be hooked within minutes!

On-line juggling tutorial

Juggling supplies-Amazon

Have fun!