First, to those of you who have landed here from my guest post at Problogger, welcome! Your timing could not be better!
I’ve been a little bummed out lately, and there’s nothing like getting a guest post on one of the most popular blogs in the world to bring you back from the dark side.
Have you ever been depressed?
I’ve been so miserable for the last week or so that I can barely stand being around myself. No point in going into details but suffice to say I could not see the upside of anything.
So, in my never ending quest to make the most of every opportunity – I came up with this list:
Five Reasons to be Happy About Being Depressed
1. Depression is Critical to Your Success
Almost every success story includes a chapter where the artist or entrepreneur experiences rejection, failure, self-doubt and, ultimately, depression. So, in the midst of my misery last week, I actually rationalized to myself that going through this difficult time not only insured my success, but put me one step closer to it!
2. There’s Nothing Like a Good Pity Party.
Every once in a while I just want to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I know. I know. I’ve got a lot to be grateful for, there are others who are worse off, blah blah blah. Yeah, I get all that. But, if you’re going to be depressed, you may as well make the most of it and sometimes there’s just nothing more satisfying than wallowing in self-pity.
Usually I will give the Sheriff a heads up. I’ll say something to the effect ‘hey, I’m feeling really sorry for myself right now, and I’m going to keep feeling sorry for myself for about the next 3 hours or so, so you might want to make plans to go out or something.’ To which he usually responds, ‘I’m really sorry you’re having a tough time’. And then of course I feel even worse. I want to say ‘please don’t be nice to me when I’m trying to be miserable’.
3. Depression Is An Opportunity To Accomplish A Lot, Doing As Little As Possible
I really feel that depression is G-d’s way of making me sit still.
Most days, when I am not depressed, I tend to be racing from one place to another, talking to people, working, checking things off my list. But when I am bummed out, all I want to do is be alone and think.
While this may not feel particularly good, and it may not look good to those who are used to seeing me on the run, the truth is that this period of reflection is usually, for me, the greatest period of growth.
What I have noticed over the years, is that depression is usually the bottom stop on my springboard. And, immediately following the depression, I bounce back — to new heights.
5. The End Is Near
The best part of depression is knowing it will end. But, this really cannot happen soon enough. So, as soon as you’re done having your pity party, try to figure out what you can do to begin to bounce back. For instance, I started to think about what I was learning from being bummed out that I could possibly share here on the ParmFarm.
Not only did writing about it help to pull me out of my funk but, as hundreds if not thousands of new visitors arrive at the ParmFarm as a result of my ’7 Ways to Find Inspiration’ article, it serves to demonstrate that I practice what I preach!
Happy days are here again!
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