Grieving is the bodies way of letting go. Trust your body, it has millions of years of knowing what to do when it comes to loss. Our natural response is to be strong, keep going, to not look back, stiff upper lip and all that. But doing that only stuffs down the feelings and they will eventually come up somewhere or somehow like depression, anger, drinking and drugs.
Escaping pain never works. You can try, but there will always be a time when you are left alone in the abyss of your thoughts and the pain will re-surface. Drugs, sex, alcohol.. they are perfect engines for your own escape, but eventually they will become your consistent means of running away from what is actually hurting you.
What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.
We have a tendency to get carried away with the thoughts in our heads and believe they are true. Remember this; your thoughts are not facts. Much of the time our thoughts are distorted and are not realistic or rational. Sometimes just realising this can take the power out of them.
By learning each day to take care of yourself, you will start to be an example to your colleagues, friends and family. Many of us are more motivated to do something positive when we realise the potential impact it can have on others.
Stress, worry and anxiety come at us from all different directions; it's how we deal with them that's the key. When we can learn to take control of our stress levels we'll feel stronger, happier, more confident and calmer.
The common view has been that service quality is guaranteed by the training and expertise of professionals. Public service co-production especially in the health service thus still remains a rather rare plant in the UK public sector.
Do we spend too much time trying to let go of things that would just naturally drop off if we focused our attention on joy and happiness?
I'm so glad I didn't kill myself... Unfortunately, I know that place well. I've been to that place where all hope is lost, where death seems to be the only salvation.
These are the people who walk in to street lights because they're writing that oh-so-important-if-I-don't-send-it-right-now-the-whole-world-will-come-crashing-down-and-I'll-spend-the-rest-of-me-life-eating-beans-on-toast-for-dinner email on their phone and not looking where they're going.
As we grow up we have this natural behaviour suppressed. Schools encourage children not to make mistakes, to get things 'right'. This continues through into the world of work, where the making of mistakes can be criticised and mocked.
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'I know how you feel'. This is OK if you have suffered from depression and you actually do know how the person feels. But if you haven't, it can be really annoying.
Thinking you can make someone feel bad... It's 100% impossible to make someone feel a certain way. No one can get into another's head and change their emotions, it's absolutely impossible. You are only responsible for how you present yourself to others. How they respond is not your responsibility.
How well you have slept at night has a big influence over how well you feel during the next day, likewise your daily habits and routines can have a big influence on how well you sleep at night. A good night's sleep is a healthy habit that is more in your control than you might think.
As I approach my fifth day without sleep I must admit I am finding the thought of battling my way through until bed time a daunting concept. You may notice I use words like fighting, battling and defences. I do so as when you are in the grip of very high levels of pain you really feel like you are at war.