When did I get my Depression Under Control?

I am in a good mood today so I wanted to talk about a positive direction topic.

I have been focused so much lately on my social anxiety. Laser focused. I was looking in my log where I track my anxiety and depression and a realization came over me today.

My depression is actually under control at this moment. When did that happen?

It’s a strange feeling. It is an amazing feat. When I started early November my anxiety and depression were both spiraling. I knew it was inevitable. Every year my depression spirals until January or February before I am able to grab control again. I feel a trend in the positive direction with my depression for the first time since I can remember maybe as a teen?

It feels good. Sure I need to continue to work on my depression along with my anxiety, but if I can continue to fight my depression into the New Year, it might be good for me to actually get through my depression and learn what is helping me. I certainly write more when I am not depressed. I usually wait until late spring before I refocus my depression. It has always been, in my mind, something that is out of control during the winter time. Maybe things are trending in a good direction.

So I wanted to try to analyze what I am doing the past month or so. I have added meditation in both morning and night. It helps that I found a really good app on my phone that helps me get through my daily meditation with reminders and help. Mindfulness breathing has really changed my life. I have been trying to take walks in the morning and if I can’t, I would stand in the sun to try and soak up enough of the sun to feel better.

Sunshine can do wonders.

I think the major thing is my writing here on my blog and my memoir. In past years, I wrote but not at this level and certainly not every day. It’s amazing what writing can do for someone like me. It’s the positive direction that I need, the fact that I am working on different projects at the moment helps. In the past, I would just do the bare minimum each day and there were so many lost days during the winter time just last year.

Things are changing. in my life. Change is always good for the soul. So, I wanted to share this with my fellow mental health bloggers. I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to my depression. Sure I will have bad days along the way but it comes with the diagnosis.

I think I am out of the bad depression cycle I was in that started in November, and if it is true, it’s the shortest one I have had in years. I will keep you posted.

I can’t remember the last time I was this happy about where my depression is trending.

Always Keep Fighting.

J.E. Skye

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59 Replies to “When did I get my Depression Under Control?”

  1. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety back in September. I am now taking meds for but my doctor said that this is only a short term solution. I’ve also done some meditation and I’m happy with my progress each day. I also believe that writing helped me figure out what’s going on in my mind and I’m glad it helps you a lot too. ☺️

      1. It was not easy at first, I guess I was in denial. But my husband pushed me to seek for help. And it did help. Keep on writing, I like reading your stories.

  2. So great to hear, James! I feel the same way. The main thing I’ve done differently this year is meditation.

  3. Be encouraged brother. The battle is tiresome and greatly draining however the end result is most rewarding. It’s called peace. May peace be with you always.

  4. I have been using Medisafe since I began taking my medication in December last year. Man a whole year. And you know it typically takes 30 days for medication to regulate in our systems so take it slow. Even with meds there will be bad days. What changes is our ability to cope when they happen. Keep it up!

      1. Right now I use Relax Melodies. I like being able to mix different sounds and adjust their volumes. But I will definately check it out and let you know what I think!

  5. Writing can be very therapeutic. I’m glad you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with your depression!

  6. So glad to hear. I think seasonal affective disorder is part of the whole and the sun definitely helps. That is one of my issues and just getting out in the sun for a short while makes a difference.

  7. This is so great to hear, I’m glad you’re feeling positive about where you’re headed. I have also found writing extremely beneficial to my mental health, it can be very therapeutic/cathartic.

  8. Writing has definitely helped me since I was a teen. It really helps to clear your mind and there is something therapeutic about putting your thoughts down on paper. I hope you continue to do well.

  9. Enjoyed your post as usual. I feel good today, managed to battle away a panic that took over me by visualising something my therapist taught me. A real victory. Wish you well, Jonny

  10. That is awesome! Glad you are starting to feel better. I personally think everyone should at elast journal, whether they have mental health issues or not. So etimes it just makes you realize things.

  11. Great to hear you’re having positive days! I sat down recently and listed a few things that the “most healthy, healed, happy” version of me does (reading, writing, exercising, etc) and I keep it posted where I see it every day. It reminds me to do those things to help reduce the number and severity of the bad days. I pray that you continue to find healing and hope for more good days to come!

  12. I’m so glad to see your depression cycle is shortened. Meditation and focus have helped me with both my depression and anxiety. Of course it is like any treatment, there are good days and less good days.
    I’ve hit my season depression wave, it’s a cycle I’ve lived for years, it’s intensity usually depends on how I’m feeling physically. I’ll pull back out by January, still pushing back. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your journey & success!

    1. Thank you for reading my blog. I do my best to share my life. I never really understood seasonal depression until the last two years. It sucks but the more I know the more I can conquer it. Thank you for sharing your own story with me and my blog.

      1. Keep doing exactly what you’re doing if it’s bringing you peace. 🙂 That’s a blessed & rare commodity. You’re welcome I look forward to reading more of your work.

  13. Keep writing!… because it shifts your focus and as a result is having a positive impact not only for you but for so many others who have similar stories! Best wishes!

  14. I love this, and I’m really happy for you. Depression and anxiety are hard things to learn to live with, for whatever it’s worth, I admire you and I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Looking forward to your next post, all the best 🙂 x

  15. I’ve battled anxiety and depression all my life. I discovered physical activity really helped and eventually switched paths from acting to dance. I have, after all these years, been able to truly see how God uses everything for the good of those who love Him and now run a nonprofit that helps people of all ages keep “moving”. 🙂 So you can see my faith has certainly helped, and finally after I got Achilles tendinitis, some medication helped too. Finely wired we are. 😊 So glad to connect! Thank you! Deb

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  17. My eyes watered a little as I read this post. It is so good to hear you talk about the positive direction your depression is heading. This is what I want people to know about! Happiness is still possible! I love your alternative methods for management, which I often have to use as well. Keep up the hard work friend! It will pay off!

    1. Thank you for your kind words about my post. It was great to be able to share that I am working on my depression and it is going in the right direction for a change.

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  19. I’m a wife to a spouse who has depression, yes life has been rough recently’ but no matter what happen I’ll stick around! been doing some journal on my blog for our beautiful struggle.

    All the best

    1. Thank you for being there for your spouse. Many of us are not so lucky. I am glad that you can be there through the worse parts of your spouses depression.

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