You’re Right…Even with Feelings of Anxiety & Depression
Jon Kabat Zinn said, “As long as you are breathing, there is more that is right with you than wrong with you.” What if, however, you do not feel this “rightness”? What if you are breathing and feeling all wrong?
So many people are living in states of anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, and other mental health diagnoses. Many are told this is just the way that it is and that medication is available. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. In many cases, medication is a beneficial tool that helps people function of a daily basis. The problem arises when individuals take medication and still feel “wrong”. They don’t want to have to medicate to feel “okay”.
Although miracles do happen, there is no miracle cure to solve mental dis-ease. That being said, there are many things people can try. As no two people are alike, everyone must figure out what works and what doesn’t work for them. Counselling and trauma therapy are great options, and there are also many things you can try at home.
What are the things that lead you to feel more “rightness”? Whether it’s going for a walk, spending time with a friend, working on a project, or sitting next to a waterfall, think of some things that you know bring you a sense of, “I’m okay.” Write a list and put it up in your room as a daily reminder to do the things like bring you a feeling of, “right…okay.”
- Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Take three deep breaths.
- Write your thoughts in a journal.
- Bring your arms up over your head as you inhale, and down by your sides as you exhale. Repeat a few times.
- Write what you are grateful for.
- Try laugh yoga.
- Go for a massage or massage yourself by rolling around on a tennis ball.
I invite you to come up with some of your own. What would it look like to do at least one of these items per day? Sometimes no matter how hard you try to motivate yourself to get up and do the things you want to do, the energy just isn’t there. At times like these, you may need to call for back up. Whether it’s spending time with a mentor or a friend, seeing a therapist, or calling a help-line, there are options available for everyone. No matter what, there is always more than is right with you than wrong with you. Even through the anxiety, depression, and other dis-ease, you are still breathing and you’re not alone.