Unsurprisingly following on my post ‘Treading Water‘ a few weeks ago, I fell back into my inevitable depression for a weekend, then got a few days respite before it returned again in patchy intervals.
For now, it seems to be lingering in the background once more and I feel I once again have a certain control over – I feel more stable.
How did I manage that though?
What magical technique did I use to get my depression back under rein?
In other news, my boyfriend loves Rubik cubes (He has at least about 10 different ones – 2 of which he has now gifted to me).
Now I like to think of this conundrum of knowing how to tackle your depression much like the unsolved Rubix cube my boyfriend handed me at the beginning of the week and my attempts to solve it.
There are a lot of different moves I can make – things that should technically help solve the puzzle (or depression).
But I have no idea what I’m doing.
Which of the many moves should I make, what order should I make them to get all the same colours on one side of the cube?
What combination of distraction, self-discipline and self-care should I use to bring the real me to the forefront of my head again and force my depression back into it’s chest in the dark recesses of my mind?
(if you hadn’t guessed already I like imagery a lot when dealing with my mental health 😉 )
The answer is – I have no idea.
So I just keep spinning the cubes in a random order until something right happens. That can take a day. It can take a week. It can take a month.
(You get the idea)
Sometimes its easier than others though – sometimes I’ve solved the cube (reined in my depression) quite recently – so when it fails, I remember some of those random moves I made.
I’ll try them again – guess what, more often than not I solve that cube again because I was only a few moves out of place.
If I leave it too long to try and tackle that cube – if I let the depression take hold for too long before I try to tackle it again – that cube becomes more mixed up and I’m back to trying aimless moves in the hope of seeing even the smallest positive come from them.
Its impossible to know how to solve the puzzle without picking it up and giving it a go – its impossible to tackle your depression without actually squaring up to it and trying to take a few swings even if they completely miss
(Also bare in mind that one person’s rubix cube solution is not another’s -the combination of techniques and self care that helps your depression might not have the same effect on someone else!)
What moves do you think will most likely help you? May it can help someone else, so leave them below in the comments.
This is a safe place x
P.S. This analogy is all null and void for me now (haha) because my boyfriend taught me the algorithm for the Rubix cube and I’ve memorised it, so I can complete a cube with randomly spinning the sides in vain.
Still helpful though hopefully? haha