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Secrets to Shoveling Out Depression

I woke up with it: that old, dark depression that always makes me want to stay under the covers. On days like that, the thought of any type of exertion just puts me back to sleep. These blues are no friends of mine, and so I have found ways of dismissing them from my bed. I have included two of my obest secrets to treat symptoms of depression: music and nature.

Wake Up To Music

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Music feeds the soul and heals the mind and body like a magic pill. Furthermore, now music apps abound. Some options include Amazon Music, Youtube Music, Pandora Music and Podcasts, Spotify and the list goes on. Different genres of music have different impacts, and these apps offer you choices for every mood. For instance, you may choose stations that feature a favorite artist or music style. Premium versions are worth the cost if you find ads annoying.

Be Out In Nature

Another way to bring a change to your mind, body, and spirit is to change your scenery. Take a drive through a beautiful and nature covered area close to home. Go to a park and hang out, taking in the trees, sunlight, air, and sky. If you have a back or front yard, this can become a place of retreat for you simply by setting up a favorite outdoor chair in a corner or spot that has your name on it. This practice is truly blissful.

Let me tell you about my other friend, poetry which is my favorite form of art therapy.

Poetry can be seen as word art with its colorful language, patterns, and rhythms that keep the mind curious and engaged.  Below is one short poem that I memorized. I repeat it when I need a reminder of how to make a choice.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”  in The Essential Rumi. Writing poetry is also a way to release stored up emotions. Below is a poem I wrote to help myself move forward when I felt discouraged.

Shine Your Light by Bobbi Rudin
Do you wait until all is well outside
to remember your ever-shining light inside?
Once, someone may have told you to hide.
But that is not your God. Do not abide.
Gently deny that is the truth. Step out again,
and again, and again. Let inspiration rise.
Ah, there is your smile, don’t let it wane,
or the joy that illuminates your eyes
with Love’s ever-present ray ending all pain.
Now, you have discovered life’s greatest prize.

Check out The Institute for Poetic Medicine to get started using therapeutic poetry exercises.