Life has been a whirlwind for me the last several months.
It seems that at every pass I am met with new challenges and new roadblocks.
I am the first to admit that when I am dealt the hard and heavy blows of life, I internalize them and depression sets in.
It is in these times that I am learning so much about who I am as a person. I would love to tell you that I had a great plan and was able to just jump right back into life, but that didn’t happen. Instead I have spent a lot of time on my knees in prayer. I am working toward getting things back on track and I want to share with you how I am doing that, in case you need some help too!
Getting Back on Track
I know that is probably the first thing you expected to read, because isn’t it the first thing that everyone lists? If you are a Christian you can understand the value that we place on our communication with God. It is a powerful and wonderful gift that we have been given.
Often times when I am in a serious bout of depression I forget just how valuable the tool of prayer can be. Instead I turn inward and focus on the negative around me. That is no help for me getting back on track with where I need to be.
I recently watched the movie War Room with my children and it has changed my entire outlook! Seriously, if you haven’t watched it you should. It has all of the feels and it is a perfect family movie night movie.
You can read more about how I am using prayer in this season of my life HERE.
Don’t roll your eyes at me and tell me that you just can’t find me time. I am not talking about an hour long massage at the spa! I am talking about a few moments alone to paint my toe nails or to curl my hair.
This is time that I use just for myself, something that only brings me satisfaction and joy. Don’t let that sound selfish. We all need time to ourselves to do things for ourselves. Like that commercial says “You are worth it!”
Scheduling and Planning
When we are in full on crisis mode it is good to stop and find something that we can control. One way to do that is with scheduling and planning things in your life. Just like with the “me time” this does not have to be a huge time chunk of your day.
I spend time each week decorating my planner, placing in the chores I need to do, client work that needs finishing, and projects I would like to tackle. Having my planner pretty and decorated just adds another layer of comfort and control for me. I am able to see what needs to be done at a glance and not have it swirling around in my head giving me anxiety!
Time with My Spouse
My relationship with my husband is only second to my relationship with God. When depression sets in I turn to him for strength and comfort. He truly is my best friend. Knowing I have someone that I can talk to about the feelings and situations life has been handing me helps so much. I am making it a point each day to spend some 1:1 time with him. I am making it a priority to go to bed when he goes to bed. It is really helping!
There you have it, a few ways that I am getting back on track! If you have any tips or advice you would like to share with me I would love to hear it!