How can you help your depression? I have an answer.
Many of you know me from my blog Blue Egg Brown Nest, which I write about my adventures in refinishing vintage furniture and interiors. I write daily and today’s post was similar to what I’m going to tell you here today, Friends.
Feeling depressed? Do something with your hands. Seriously.
I did not start out to create a business, but Blue Egg Brown Nest became more healing for me than just refinishing furniture. It created a space for me that is much deeper and bigger than my life in so many ways. One of the most important is that when I work with my hands I am taken out of the hypnotic state that those sad feelings can pull me into. You know the ones that say to you,
“You are not worthy if having any friends.”
“You are so bad at your job.”
“Did you seriously just eat half of your child’s Halloween candy last night and you have to skip the gym again?”
Even people that are not depressed have these nasty voices. You need something to pull you out of it. Of course breathing and meditation help, but I think working with your hands is a form of medition. This could be painting or gardening or knitting or cooking or cleaning your floors or writing, etc.
Whatever it is, the physical nature of working with your hands can unconsciously pull you away from those unwanted feelings as you work. And as you work you realize that you are producing something through that process and it is transformative.
I have refinished furniture for about 7 years now and when I am not painting something feels off. I have a nervous energy. But, when my hands are moving and being productive and creative my mind is free to take a break. It’s like taking in a huge, cool, healing breath.
It is an escape in the most positive of ways because you are using your own senses to capture back your thoughts. It is powerful.
Reader, do you find the motion of working with your hands takes you out of your trance? Email me about it.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America – This site is a great resource with facts, articles and a search engine to find a therapist.
Social Anxiety and Panic Treatment – (as seen on Today Show) email your questions to Dr. Brodsky or call call 212-726-2390 and get a free, prompt answer within 24 hours!
The Samaritans Crisis Support Hotline – (212) 673-3000 – 24 Hour Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)
RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network 1-800-656-4673 (24/7)
Stephanie Mitchell Fitness – Personal Trainer
RESOLVE – The National Infertility Association
Inconceivable by Julia Indichova
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