Music of the Night

By Suma Varughese

August 2007

Depression is quite often a response to our present conflict between material pressures and spiritual aspirations. used wisely, it can be a springboard to spiritual awakening and wisdom

Depression Management
Here are a few tips that can help you manage your emotions, and ensure that you are able to hold on to the threads of life, even enjoy the few colourful ones, until awakening exhilirates your very core.
Accept: Unless you accept that you are depressed, there is nothing you are going to do to make yourself feel better. A majority of the world faces depression, so don’t kick yourself for it. The main characteristic of depression is resistance, so the more you accept, the better you will feel. It’s okay to accept that you can’t accept. Even that is a step forward.
• Company matters: Try not to spend too much time with people who are miserable or pessimistic. It will exacerbate your depression. Instead, seek the company of those who are cheerful and optimistic.
• Laugh away the blues: The mantra that Art Of Living, the spiritual organisation headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, propagates is, “Fake it till you make it”. Laugh even though it’s the last thing you feel like doing. Read some great jokes, meet people with a good sense of humour. The cheer will rub itself on you.
• Take action: Since depression is characterised by inaction, the antidote to it is action. Force yourself to do your duties whatever they might be. Take up some regular exercise every day. Yoga is particularly beneficial, and will give great benefits.
• Soul-itude: If you have a mild attack of the blues, a holiday just with your self in a picturesque place, could work wonders. It gives you time oft to have coffee and conversation, on a cool morning in a beautiful valley, with none other than your soul.
• Try therapy: Gone are the days when there was a stigma attached to meeting a psychotherapist. Today, it is increasingly recognised that seeking professional help for your blues is part of caring for yourself, and taking responsibility for your health. It is to be applauded, not derided.
• Nothing like a walk: Luckily, some of the best things in life are still free. A regular dose of exercise in fresh air can help tremendously. Although exercise isn’t a cure for depression, its psychological and physical benefits can improve your symptoms. “It’s not a magic bullet, but increasing physical activity is a positive and active strategy to help manage depression,” says Kristin Vickers-Douglas, Ph.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.
• Try bodywork: Bodywork therapists are experts in helping you to work
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