Focusing on Growth with Your Depression
This Week's Theme: Growth
We all need some inspiration and support to keep us going especially for those of us who suffer from a mood disorder such as depression. In honor of beauty and inspiration I am going to be launching a weekly infusion of imagery and words to boost your spirits. I am hoping to tap into your creative side by giving you ways to express yourself freely on this site. Collectively we can help each other through our bad times to emerge transformed by the process. There is great power in community. Let us use our energy to create, to build, and to grow. I am choosing growth as my first theme for The Midweek Muse. It seems especially fitting as it is Spring.
Words to Savor:
"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin
A Little Humor:
"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So for today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry
Did you Know?
According to one study cited in Prevention Magazine involving questionnaire responses from more than 5,000 study participants, researchers found that happiness was most strongly correlated with the ability to feel gratitude, hope, zest, as well as the ability to love and be loved. Nansook Park, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island and study author found that love was at the top of this list: "Relationships with other people are what make us the happiest."
Fill in the Blank...
In order to grow I need.....? Tell us what things you feel you need to grow in the comment section.
To participate in this creative exercise simply create a sharepost entitled, "Growth" and either:
1. Get out your camera, drawing pencils, or paints and show us an image reflecting the theme of growth. Remember not to violate any copyright laws regarding the use of images.
2. Set a timer for three to five minutes. Type the word "Growth" at the top of the page. Without any self correction just write whatever comes to mind. Do not stop yourself to check for spelling or grammar. Don't worry, I will not tell your English teacher. Let your mind follow your stream of consciousness and see where it takes you.
Give us a link to your sharepost in the comment section of this post. I am really hoping that you will take up this creative challenge.
Thank you to all our My Depression Connection members who makes this site a place of compassion, support, and inspiration. You all are very valued and appreciated.