When “depression” really means something else


Have you noticed how the word “love” is often overused for all types of relationships?

The following are words to be more specific in regards to that warm feeling of love…

favor, like, partial, preference, relish, craving, crush, desire, infatuation, longing, lust, yearning, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, zeal. appreciation, esteem, estimation, regard, respect, adoration, adulation,

I also believe the word “depressed” is often overused or a person’s emotional state of mind can be misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

I saw a Jeff Foster quote on-line stating, “The word “depressed” is spoken phonetically as “deep rest”.  (Stop and say “depressed” out loud.)

WOW…this quote triggered my thoughts about depression. Many times I have quickly labeled myself as depressed when actually I was really feeling spent, exhausted, overwhelmed, and in great need for time to; rest, decompress, unwind, detox my mind, let go, get off the hamster’s wheel, process my anger, grief, and disappointments, cancel some appointments, unplug and fast from social media, delegate some tasks, say “no” to one more request, take a nap, meCation, stayCAtion, or vaCation.  When you have gone through some significant life changes i.e. divorce, death in the family, job loss, health issues, caregiving, new job, business owner, new city, marriage, etc…the stress in your body keeps track.  If you don’t rest periodically to regoup and renew…you will be forced to stop because of illness, accidents, or anxiety.

I have noticed when I am avoiding conflict, decision-making, resisting change, or in denial about situations I cannot control or change, the default story in my head says, “I am depressed.”  No Jewel.  Stop Jewel!

There comes a time when I need to rest my mind from; worry, anger, the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts, delays, disappointments, doubts, demands of my time, and the constant streaming of violence and hatred in the news.  I need to remind myself to recite the Serenity Prayer.

As a public speaker standing in front of all types of audiences, counselor, life coach, wife, mother, grandmother, founder of my Women on the Grow 501c3 ministry, a prayer warrior, a frequent flyer, a sensitive and empathic person, I must remember that my mind is like an emotional sponge absorbing a lot of mixed energy.  Because of my sensory overload … on a regular basis, I need to squeeze out all the stimulation, toxic energy, thoughts, and feelings that are weighing heavy on my mind.

You may be working hard, volunteering, parenting, care giving, traveling a lot, and studying which leads to sleep deprivation.  Taking time to re-evaluate your lifestyle choices, habits, pace, relationships, faith, and priorities can be your time of spiritual and emotional renewal.

Before you turn to medication to numb your feelings or shut down and isolate yourself….rethink your choice.  What you think is depression could really be an invitation for deep rest, renew, and restore your mind, body, and spirit.

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Published by Jewel Diamond Taylor

Inspirational Speaker, Author, Life Coach, "The Self-esteem Dr.", cutting edge leading female conference and women's retreat speaker

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