Depression comes in many ways and in many forms, for a wide range of reasons. It can happen at any time and be triggered by, what feels like, almost anything. It has a way of pulling you further into the abyss even though you watch it happen with a sense of remorse and guilt, yet lacking the willpower to stop it in its tracks. Once it has a hold of you, it’s as if nothing you reach for is in your grasps and anything you do happen to grab, just doesn’t stand a chance against the weight of your emotions. Despite how it feel you are the only person on the entire planet experiencing this, you are not alone in this particular struggle. Many of us not only find the abyss as easy as you, but lack the same personal will to grab our bootstraps and pull ourselves out. Even with so many reasons to smile, we tend to find comfort in worrisome and stress.
So what are you doing to counteract the effects of lounging around in your worries and what if’s? How do you embrace your self-care in order to fight depression? Knowing that it can be extremely difficult to pull ourselves out once one has already began falling, but what if you possessed the ability to close the roads you’ve opened for depression to find you? What if you could develop a self-care routine that helps you counterbalance the negative energies, and assists you with kicking depressive mannerisms? I put together a small list of things you can incorporate into your daily/weekly or monthly routines, or even just whenever you feel depression creeping your way.
Send your mind on a mini vacation. Different concept right? How many times have you actually went on vacation or a get-a-way and didn’t really have a good time or get to enjoy yourself due to you always being worried about every little detail? Or you’re on vacation but can’t seem to not worry about the home front the entirety of your trip? “Are the animals ok? Did the kids destroy the house? Did the light bill come? I wonder if they took out the money for the cable. I bet I get a ticket for my grass while I’m gone. What about the food that may spoil while I’m away?” LEARN TO SEND YOUR MIND ON VACATION. Free yourself from the stresses of everyday life, the worries that you’re forgetting something or not doing your best, even if only for a couple of hours.
Baths lingering with flowers and adorned with herbs, possibly with candles around as well, have a way of reconnecting you with your Higher Self and bringing a sense of peace and calmness to the atmosphere. They also act as a reminder to you of your once forgotten Divine Feminine power that burns within, and is necessary for you to perform at your best. Turn on some music that resonates with purity and calms anxiety, you can YouTube “high vibrational music” and shift through the videos until you find one that soothes you.
Book – Time
Lounging around in pj’s drinking hot cocoa while reading a book that pulls at your Spirit and makes you want to create something different; a book that leaves you feeling inspired and passionate about change or ascension, is the ultimate force of reading. To embark on a journey that slowly carries you away from your current reality and gently drops you in the middle of a parallel Universe without fear or worrisome. Without remembrance of chores and daily tasks. Remind yourself that it’s ok to stop and enjoy your day. Forget the laundry, the floors can be mopped tomorrow and the kids can eat left-overs today. Make some time for your self-care routines, whatever those may be.
Spa-Day at Home
Not everyone has the capacity or economic ability to embrace monthly spa days with the girls, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to enjoy the same treatments. Once a month when the kids are off to school and the significant other is off to work, set your living room up for some spa treatments. Don’t be afraid to invest in your self-care routines! Get you a foot massage, bath salts, hair and face masks, even a pedicure/manicure set you can do at home, oh and don’t forget the wine, and GET YOUR SPA DAY ON!
Women have a tendency to ignore our needs for our wants, our requirements for our desires and our standards for someone else’s, but getting back to taking care of you and making sure you’re not pouring from an empty cup is a great example to set for your daughters, nieces, young cousins or just women in general. To remind them that not only is it ok to have a self-care routine, but it is something that is needed to remain in the position of the matriarch with grace and poise. There is power in resting and recovering so that you can respond with respect and rebirth your realignment.
Light + Love | Rishi Omkara