With all the insanity and worry that’s been happening lately (school shootings, lost immigrant children, trade wars, White House issues, etc.), life seems to be way too overwhelming, and it’s too easy to become depressed over things that we really don’t have any control over. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things that we have no control over – our children/spouse’s actions, work issues, unexpected bills, etc. So, how can we react when we’re depressed and overwhelmed?
It may sound too simple, but the only thing to do is to concentrate on what you can change. I literally sign at least 50 petitions per week, and the number seems to keep on growing. There is only so much that I can do, and petitions and letters to my congress people are just about the best thing I can accomplish. I have no power (other than my vote/voice), so I try to use it every chance I get. However, there is so much going on, and I can do so little. This is just something that I have to realize that my power to make these kinds of changes is minimal, however, I keep doing what I can.
So, depression is a problem for me, and probably for a lot of people. How do I handle it? I try to spend time practicing gratitude (and, as I say myself, it is a practice). And, finally, the last and best thing, is to follow the simple quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” These are the words that I try to live by. I’m not saying that I succeed all the time, but when I go out into the world I try to be as nice and friendly as I can. One thing I don’t want to do is to make someone else’s life miserable. So, I’m always trying to be as upbeat and friendly as I can manage. Sometimes it’s easier than other times, but I’m always trying. What are some things that you do? Please share in the comments below.