Depression Meds–getting out

October 14, 2011

Since my struggle with depression, I’ve tried to take note of times I don’t feel depressed–times when I don’t have that numb feeling following me throughout my day. I’m happy to report that lately I’ve been feeling like my old self more and more. Why, you ask and I ask myself?

I’ve been getting out! For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing more than the “routine”: going to work, picking up Kayla, getting by. I’ve been out and about, and it feels good. As I adjust to my lifestlye as a parent and a wife, I’ve found that I like to stay home more. That’s fine. I do like my home and those lazy days of sitting back watching Kayla discover something new and solving the world’s problems with my husband over coffee and tea. But, I am inherently an extrovert. That means I get my energy from engaging with other people…and whether it’s a friend’s birthday dinner, a visit to the circus with a friend, a baseball game with co-workers, or a reunion of people I don’t know (because I’m there as my spouse’s date), I like being around people. I like striking up conversations, I like listening to people talk, and I even like seeing how people put together their outfits…good ole fashion people watching.

When we’re depressed, we often prefer to stay in bed, stay home, disengage from society. I’ve learned that isolation is not a good depression medication. So as hard as it may seem, go ahead and hit “yes” on that evite. Get up and go! Even if you don’t want to, you’ll probably have a better time than you think. I’ve also learned that when I go out, I can usually come home and do a bit of  work or anything else I’d like to get done. It’s becaue my energy has been renewed. Even introverts can benefit from seeing a friend or being around others. Get out…it can help!

By katara

I’m trying to use my love of writing and passion for keeping this journey real and relevant to help others navigate successfully and happily through life. It is a journey filled with ups and downs, potholls and mountaintops…but it does not have to be walked alone.

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2 comments

  • Jodi

    October 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    You are right – it works! The hard part, sometimes, is making yourself do it. I’ve not been successful lately but I know in the past the trick was to get dressed and ready to go without thinking too hard about it. Making a big deal of it usually ends up with me back on the couch. Also, keep tabs on how you are feeling to determine whether it will help or hurt to have other people expecting you to be at an event. On a good day, knowing people are expecting you can give you something to look forward to and provide an extra nudge. On a bad day, though, I’ve learned to give myself an “out” and not beat myself up [too bad] for not following through.

  • Kris

    October 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Enjoy the modern appear. I loved the information. Thanks for this marvelous post.

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