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How To Pull Out Of A Downward Spiral And Start Fresh

Have you ever experienced times in your life when you are spiraling in a downward direction?  Maybe you are going through something difficult right now or have experienced a loss of some kind? Maybe you know someone who is struggling with some mild depression and you need some information to pass on to them.

It could be that something  triggered a source of pain  and it has left you dumbstruck and feeling alone in the world?

Well, you are not alone.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association in America, 6.7% of the U.S. population 18 and over, with the average age being 32.5 years old and women, suffer with a Major Depressive disorder.

In this article, we will be dealing with mild cases of depression and sadness.  I will also be giving information related to more severe forms of depression that I have gathered through research.

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I have experienced this same feeling of sadness and overwhelm and  have been fortunate enough to find my way out and you can too.

First of all, it is normal to experience the emotion of sadness and we would be robots if we did not, agree?

There will be times of deep sorrow in our lives that is not a quick fix, especially in the event you lose someone or something of great significance to you.

You will most definitely go through the stages of grief and that will take time or counseling with a professional.

Most feelings of sadness may linger for awhile, but there are action steps that you can take right now that will get that spiral going in the opposite direction and help you to start afresh.

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Let’s take a look at some ways that I have had great results in moving forward from a time or season in the funk zone.

I might add here that during these off seasons or days of darkness, I left behind some baggage that was not helping me anymore and grew in other ways that actually improved my life in the long run.

So….. being uncomfortable is not always a bad thing.  It is sometimes during those gloomy and dark days that we learn to truly appreciate and love living even more!

 

NEW BEGINNING ARE OFTEN DISGUISED AS PAINFUL ENDINGS.  ~  LAO TZU

If you give some of these tips a try next time you are feeling blue, you will find yourself humming a happy tune once again!  Are you ready to leave your doldrums behind and get going with living again? A new door is about to open for you..I just know it!

REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NOR CONSIDER THE THINGS OF OLD.

~  Isaiah 43:18 ESV

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One of the best things you can do, is to try something NEW.  Some of my favorite verses in the Bible are all about Fresh Starts and New Beginnings.

The beginning of this verse comes from Psalm 96, and says, “Sing to the Lord a new song…”

As a matter of fact, we cannot stay in one perpetual season without needing a change of some kind!

 If we were only created to make changes or start something new once a year like society teaches, we would be in a perpetual downward spiral.

One example that is obvious are the four seasons, right?

So, like this verse says… do something or anything new!  This will ignite a spark in you!  You will go from a crackle to a blaze in no time. Here are a few ideas to get you started on something new even if you cannot even muster a nod right now.

  • Get on Pinterest and find a new recipe to try or a simple diy project.  It will force you to go outside and see life!
  • Learn something new. You can actually stay in your pj’s for this one.
  • Write a poem or song that expresses how you would like to feel.

Along with bringing something new on board in your life,here are a few ways to get out of the blahs that have been caused by self neglect.

This means you have given everything in your cup away and have not refilled the love.

This is a pretty easy fix

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I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do is spend time getting my love cup filled by God and journal my prayers, and/or, my desperation.  Last time I found myself bummed out, I went to a beach near my house that was empty and literally cried out to God!  I am pretty sure He heard me, my goodness!  There are several Self Care Ideas on Recoops website for free download to make life easier for you.

 Just click here.> Self Care Plan.  Something else that works absolute wonders for rejuvenating the soul and mind is a warm bath using cleansing Himalayan Salts.  It purifies, relaxes and calms your mind and body.  Create a spa environment by burning a candle and playing some soft music.

Our affiliate, Sowell, located at the bottom of our Home Page offers some Himalayan Salts that are fantastic!  Give them a try.

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As much as alone time is great for coming out of a funk, too much alone time could mean you are isolating.

 Isolation can be and usually is your worst enemy.  Reach out to a gal pal or someone you trust. They will be glad you did!  I love my bff’s!  They have gotten me out of some pickles, for sure!

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START BY DOING WHAT IS NECESSARY, THEN DO WHAT’S POSSIBLE; AND SUDDENLY YOU ARE DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE. ~ ST. FRANCIS ASSISI

Super good advice!

One last thing I would like to recommend that has helped me immensely in moving forward when I am stuck in Blahsville, is to set some realistic goals that are super duper easy.

 Remember..we are depressed at this point and do not want to go further down to despair, because we have not been able to meet the lofty goals we set.  Those are good for another time!  It could be as simple as,” I will walk the dog around the block and grab a coffee at Happy Cafe tomorrow morning.” Even something like vacuuming or folding a load of laundry can bring a sense of accomplishment and give you a boost.

Remember…..Make small attainable goals for yourself!  We can call these Mini Goals.  One little bit of movement gets the ball rolling….It’s called inertia or momentum.

The reality that at some point you will experience episodes of sadness or depression that leads to that downward spiral is more or less inevitable.  The action steps we discussed were for mild depression or sadness.

 Clinical Depression is no laughing matter and if you or someone you know has any of the symptoms listed below for five or more days over a two week period, most of the day, nearly every day, then I encourage you to seek out a counselor trained in treating depression.  Seek out help!  You are not alone and people care!

The Anxiety and Depression Association in America  can be contacted  for more information.

According to Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., Clinical Depression as defined by The American Psychiatric Association, are listed as

  • Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty or tearful, irritability
  • Significantly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all or most activities
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite
  • Insomnia or increased desire to sleep
  • Either restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt

If you have any doubt.. contact your Primary M.D. or local Suicide Helpline.

You can, and deserve to be happy again!