Would you believe me if I told you I had the cure for depression, that’s non-drug induced? It’s called this, “One, two, three, four; Get your booty off the floor!”
My grandmother used to say, “Work as a cure.” Work as a cure! That means don’t give yourself time to lay around feeling depressed. Get up and do something positive to uplift yourself or to uplift others. We all get sadness. That’s a normal, natural, healthy part of life. We feel sadness. What I’m talking about is hopelessness, depression, faithlessness, lack of faith, pessimism, feeling brought down, feeling like there is no hope in life and dwelling on that, discouragement.
The best thing you can do to get out of that state is to get busy, and not just to get busy, but get busy doing something that helps you feel better OR that helps other people feel better. When you wake up feeling lonely or discouraged, you can lie there in bed feeling those thoughts, but that is counterproductive, or you can, “One two three four; Get your booty off the floor,” and go do something. Go exercise. Go get into your work. Go make a healthy meal. Go see an uplifting movie. Take yourself to see a comedy club. Clean your house! Cleaning and mundane tasks actually cure us very well, quite well. They have their place. Do some dishes. Scrub a floor. It gets your mind off of it and it helps you focus, AND then you have a nice pretty result to look at when you’re done.
Depression happens when we allow it to, when we focus on those pitiful thoughts. When we give those pitiful thoughts a bigger voice than they really deserve. That voice is as big as we allow it to be. If we give that voice a lot of air time, well it’s going to take up a lot of air time, but if we say “Hit the road Jack, One two three four; Get your booty off the floor,” you will find your spirits are raised, and if you do things to serve or help other people, go volunteer. If you are sad or depressed, I don’t know a better way, other than exercise, to help yourself feel better than to give to someone else in need. It gets you out of yourself. It gets you out of your mind. It gets you out of your self-absorption onto someone else, and someone less fortunate than you, or a cause that needs your help.
The next time you feel hopeless, faithless, doomed, depressed, see if you can “One, two, three, four; Get your booty off the floor!”
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.