Cabin fever. Too hot to go outside. I kind of half-heartedly battled Depression today, but mostly I just tried to stay cool.
It is oddly helpful for me to think of Depression as something that is not going to go away. My goal is not to banish it, but to manage it. Not a race to get better. Not a sprint. An endurance race.
In my study of things that are helpful to the brains of Depressed people I came across some evidence that keeping a gratitude journal was a good plan. Helps keep you from spiraling down into the negative.
Here are the things I am grateful for: my son who loves to read, my son who sees himself as an artist, my daughter who fiercely loves her name, good friends, air conditioning, the fact that my spouse prefers Gilmore Girls to Game of Thrones, unsalted cashews, having use of a DSLR camera to relearn my passion for photography, a job that I adore, fantastic students, having a working dishwasher,
Quaker, teacher, parent,