Writing or drawing about your experience with depression can give you little distance from it. There is something about getting out what you are feeling in words or in art that gets some feelings flowing and makes you feel less “stuck”. Writing out your feelings can keep the same feelings from rolling around in your head or repeating the same intrusive thinking patterns that are common when someone is struggling with depression. Remember that you don’t have to be an artist to draw. This is for you and the technique or outcome is not the focus, it is the expression of what you are feeling and drawing can be a way to get some of what’s got you down, out!
All the things covered here can be good to use to complement professional help from a counselor. It is tough getting through a day with depression and many times it takes the help of a therapeutic relationship with a trained therapist to get through the process. If you are experiencing the helplessness and hopelessness that comes with depression and you are ready to begin counseling, contact me today so that we can begin working towards healing and growth.