Ever Feel Like the Hard Drive in Your Brain Just Crashed?

Image and quote by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/Have you ever felt as if your brain is a hard drive and somebody just wiped it clean?  The operating system is still there (the basics – breath, pump blood, walk, speak…etc.) But now you need to try to remember which programs and stuff you like to use so you can install them again.  Problem is… you don’t really remember!

That is how I feel each time I come out of a cycle of depression.

While in that depressive state I could find joy in nothing – as if my internal computer has the “blue screen of death” (remember that Windows users?).  Then when coming out of the depressive state I couldn’t remember where to find joy.  For me, it’s never been like flipping a switch and being like- oh – “depression turned off” –  you’re all good and back to “normal” now.

 

Have you ever been so blah that you couldn’t even remember what it is you would actually enjoy doing let alone anything that would help you to feel better?

 

You really want to feel better, but what should you do?  What to start with?  Which thing will work best?

 

Too many choices, possibilities and sometimes too little at the same time – roll over and go back to sleep.

 

I’ve been there.

 

What helps me is having a “feel good” plan in place so at least I have some basics covered.  Things that nourish my body, mind and soul.  I wanted to find just a few simple things that I could do when coming out of a depression.  For me, even the simplest of tasks can leave me dumb-founded and frustrated as I’m re-emerging from that dark hole.  So I needed to find somewhat simple things.

 

Likewise, I wanted something simple that I could stick with all the time – something that could help me stay in that “feelin’ good” place.  I really believe that the more I am able to do things that are good for my body, mind and soul – the less prone I am to falling into that pit of despair we call depression.

 

For me, that ended up being the “4-G’s” – Goin’, Greens, Gratitude,  and Giving.
Every day I strive to get Goin’ by moving my body.  I eat Greens – smoothies, juices, salads.  Every evening I write down 3 things I am Grateful for from the day.  And every day I look for a way to Give to others.

 

My ultimate goal is to program these 4-G’s into my “operating system” so they are just part of the normal program – automatic and ingrained in my daily lifestyle.

 

These “4-G’s” help to nourish my body, mind and spirit.  They help to get me back on track and keep me there.  You can read more about these in my free e-Book “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies for Getting Back on Track“.

 

I also find that the more I nourish my body, mind and soul, the better I feel and the more good I have to give to others.

 “The more I nourish my body, mind and soul, the better I FEEL and the more GOOD I have to give to others.”– Beth Sawickie [click here to TWEET THIS!]

How about you?   Have you ever struggled with getting back to “normal” after a depressive episode or similar?  What has helped you?  I want to know 🙂 Leave a comment below…

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Jersey Shore Bicycle

I had the pleasure of going “down the shore” again this past weekend.  We wanted to get some more pictures in Asbury Park.  It was a bit chilly – in the 40’s, overcast and barely any sun.  Oh – and a breeze off the ocean – wonderful on a hot summer day, not so fabulous in cool weather!

So we donned our heavy coats and winter gloves and enjoyed walking along the Asbury boardwalk and beach.  Surprisingly, there were other folks out there doing the same – not many taking pictures though.

We did see a few people riding their bicycles along the boardwalk.  An even more familiar site during the summer.  This orange one caught my eye – standing there all by itself as if it was relaxing and taking in the view.
Photo by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/Jersey-Shore-Bicycle "Jersey Shore Bicycle"

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Star Eclipse Mandala

The image I started with was a sunset with tree silhouettes.  The trees are what make up the darker portions of the circle.
Image by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/star-eclipse-mandala "Star Eclipse Mandala"

 

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Asbury Park NJ Carousel Kaleidoscope

A place I enjoy visiting is good ol’ Asbury Park, NJ.  Home of the “Stone Pony”, the Silver Ball Pinball Museum and countless other gems.  One of those special places is what remains of the Carousel House.  The Carousel is long gone, but the “house” remains.

These almost demonic looking heads guard the “house”.  These are what I used to create this kaleidoscope.

Image by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/asbury-park-nj-carousel-kaleidoscope

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Sunlight Cloud Waves Mandala

I love taking pictures of skies – sunset and sunrise when I happen to be up that early 😉 I see it as God, the Universe, Great Spirit is giving us a brand new painting every day – every minute even! I think the sky pictures end up becoming my favorite mandalas. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!
Image by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/sunlight-cloud-waves-mandala "Sunlight Cloud Waves Mandala"

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This mandala was created from my “Pine Barrens Sunset #1” photo, see it HERE.

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