Except perhaps for those whose depression is totally a result of abnormal brain chemistry or totally a medical condition, like a hyperactive thyroid, the place where depression originates is in the mind, will, and emotions of the soul…and from there its symptoms spread out to the body. Medication will relieve the symptoms, but a psychotherapist, psychologist, or mental health counselor will
explore the causes with you and suggest ways to change your thinking and emotions. My brother is a psychotherapist with a doctor’s degree in psychology. He will soon be posting a guest blog on this site regarding inner healing, an approach that was critical to my healing of the soul. If you want to know more about the differences of these different practitioners of the soul, make a comment on this post, and I will answer it.
There is much more, however, than these professionals to bring stability to the soul. Here is a partial list that you can add on to through your research:
- Music to bring calm to your soul. I use Christian music; you may find classical music, nature sounds, guided imagery CDs, or favorite artists who sing or play soothing music.
- Find a good friend and meet with him/her weekly.
- Communicate with family members.
- Find a coach who is able to stand by you and manage your depression.
- Meditation – a subject in itself.
- Self-help or support groups.
- Establishing a place of shelter in your mind (see a previous blog on this subject).
- Quiet time, where you focus on something relaxing and positive, not dwelling in self-pity. I combine quiet time with listening to music.
- Read depression and anxiety self-help books.
- Read experiential (as in not academic or study or the books above) novels that have to do with overcoming depression. An example would be my published novel called Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression or Tom Wootton’s The Depression Advantage, where Tom presents real people who overcame depression.
- Do something creative, such as drawing, pottery making, furniture crafting, jewelry creation, scrapbooking, writing, and so many other things.
You’ll be reading more about tools for the soul in future blogs.