Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Letter to Normals (Part 7..Almost Done!)

Many people with fibromyalgia get very depressed. I am not depressed at this point. However, sometimes I have days or week when I feel like I’m sinking into depression gain. Sometimes “I get angry and frustrated and have mood swings. Sometimes I know I’m being unreasonable.” When I am, I will most likely own up to it. This may be as soon as 5 minutes or as long as…super long, but I will most likely own up to it. If I don’t, call me out on it. I totally expect my friends and people who care about me or are close enough to even be reading this to call me out. I’m totally fine with you doing that. If I owe you an apology or you think I overreacted. It’s important that we at least talk about it. Whatever our relationship is, communication is very important. “Sometimes I just want to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed. These emotions are all very strong and powerful.” I know these factors may make it hard at times to be in my life in whatever way you are in my life. However, I do my best to keep it from affecting you and dealing with it on my own. If you feel that I don’t and there is something that we can work through together, then let me know and we can definitely talk about it and figure out a solution to dealing with the problem. Fibromyalgia is my problem and you don’t deserve to have to carry even the smallest bit of the burden on your shoulders. I’m very grateful for those of you in my life who are taking the time to read this and trying to understand what is going on in my body. (Side note: Even those who don’t read this letter, I’m still grateful for having them in my life. I’m grateful for mostly everyone in my life. Everyone is beautiful and everyone deserves to be embraced for anything and everything they are. I think.)

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Life is Beautiful Challenge

I challenge you to make a change.

Depression is so common with fibromyalgia because of the differences in chemicals in the brain. It does NOT have to be this way. When people are in a state of clinical depression or depression of any kind, they are blind to the beauty in their life and the world surrounding them. This beauty is surrounding each and every one of us.

This was a technique I learned in an acting class and I am going to share it with you today:

When people fall in love, it is a natural high. Every thing in the world seems wonderful and happy. It is like nothing can bring them down. You don’t have to have a significant other to fall in love with every day. There are things all around you that you can fall in love with. Here is how it works:

  • Start with one thing in your day that inspires you. It can be a loved one, a pet, a flower, a sunset, or anything else that lets you feel good. Fall in love with it. It sounds silly, but you can do it.
  • Then, try to do this 5 times a day. Find the beauty in the world around you. Fall in love with all of the wonderful things surrounding you.
  • Turn the love on yourself. Find the traits and characteristics about yourself that are beautiful and wonderful. Love them. The things that you do not like, embrace them! They are the things that make you unique and beautiful. As with almost all insecurities, there are people in the world who would love to have the things that you dislike about yourself. Do not waste time being negative. Try to love everything about yourself. Accept and embrace the things you do not like about yourself. Learn to love them.
  • The ultimate goal is to fall in love with life. No one is ever going to live the same life you life or have the same experiences as you so make the most of your life. Every moment will only come once and you can never get it back. Embrace yourself. Embrace the moment. Embrace you life…it is beautiful.

This is possible even with a chronic illness.

Give it a try.

Love your life.
Embrace yourself.
Life is beautiful.