• Stephanie Lyn

A Test To Tranquility

I don’t know about you but this social distancing thing is really beginning to take a toll on me. I have found myself slowly trickling down the rabbit hole while losing my motivation to thrive. I’ve struggled with symptoms of depression for many years and have learned quite a few coping skills that have helped me get through some tough times. Being forced to stay at home hasn't been easy. There are multiple distractions disrupting my normal day to day routines and are causing me to lose focus. I find myself waking up, turning on the news for coronavirus updates, checking social media and getting wearied. I’m so done with all the memes and people not taking this terrible disease seriously. Even though I don’t have the virus it is taking me down in other ways.

I needed to get out for some fresh air so I decided to take a drive. I was very surprised to see how many people were out and about living their lives without a care in the world. There were groups of teenagers playing football, parking lots were full at many of the big chain stores in the area and some neighbors were even having house parties. A friend of mine who works at a local store told me that people were coming in not because they needed to buy anything but because they just wanted to get out of the house. Are we really that inept as a species? This type of ignorance and selfishness is going to extend our confinement and keep us from getting back to our normal way of living.

When I’m feeling depressed I tend to experience an unpleasant brain fog which causes me to have scattered thoughts and trouble focusing. I find it difficult to communicate effectively because my words just won't flow smoothly. It's frustrating and becomes much harder to stay motivated when the melancholy resurfaces. I begin to feel myself shut down as if my batteries were slowly dying. Procrastination gets the best of me and nothing gets accomplished. This is a sign letting me know that it's time to recharge.

Well today I’ve decided that if this is how life's going to be for the time being I need to make the necessary changes and do whatever it takes to pull myself out of this downward spiral. The first thing I need to do is to prioritize my to-do list. I ask myself, what’s the most important thing that needs to get done? I feel less overwhelmed when tackling one task at a time. Even completing just one item off my list will help me to feel more motivated as my workload begins to lighten. I also make sure to organize and clear out any clutter. Having everyone home at the same time makes it hard to maintain cleanliness but I find that I get more cooperation by communicating without complaining or yelling. Let your family know how having the house disorganized makes you feel and ask for help. I also like to freshen up my sacred space so inspiration and creativity can flow more freely.

I’m also going to force myself to exercise daily. Exercise not only helps with symptoms of depression but it improves overall brain function too! So what if you can’t get to the gym. Get creative and find new ways to get your work out in. Go for a walk, get some spring cleaning done and find new ways to stay active. Enjoy the free time that you have with your family and try to make the best of this situation.

I also use therapeutic essential oils to help support me with my depression. Frankincense is one of my favorites. It's known to increase spiritual awareness, helps with meditation, improves attitude and can uplift your spirits. I like to add a drop or two on the palms of my hands, cup over my nose and breathe it in deeply. Another one of my favorites is Valor which is a blend of Black Spruce, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Geranium. This combination of oils works to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem. I like to apply it to the back of my neck and wrists daily. It smells amazing!

I refuse to let my depression get the best of me or keep me down! I know what I have to do, it’s just a matter of getting up and doing it. I have no choice but to push myself to make those necessary changes that will bring me back to my happy place. Time to go put on some motivating music and get to work! Life is only as good as you make it and I want mine to be amazing.

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