There are many things I do on a regular basis if I’m feeling down. Random dancing is one of those things. And by random I mean crank the music up and just go to town! I know I’m doing it correctly if I start laughing at myself. I spin, I jump, I throw in some dance moves that even Michael Jackson wouldn’t attempt and I just have fun. Plus, it ends up being a nice little workout.
Some people would ask why I do this. It’s silly, yes, but it makes me happy. For just a moment I’m able to have fun and be a kid again. I am able to laugh and forget that I have bills to pay, deadlines coming up and tests to study for. It’s the small things, like random dancing, that remind me that it’s okay to act crazy and to have fun while doing it. As adults we spend our lives doing grownup stuff and it often wears us down. When I go hiking, traveling, dancing, etc. I am able to get away from all of that. Those things rebuild by spirit and mend my soul.
I work as a 911 Operator for two different counties. Full time day shift at one and part-time night shift at the other so there are some weeks when I am just exhausted. I come home after a long, stressful 12 hour shift and all I want to do is sleep, however, I still make time for crazy dancing and other things that bring me happiness. People who suffer from depression often get into the rut of feeling down, lonely or tired so we forget about the things that once made us happy. All this does is start the downward spiral that eventually ends with us curled into a fetal position under our covers crying like a baby for no apparent reason. I’ve said it before and will say it again, in order to defeat depression you must become a daily active participant in your recovery. Yes, we may be tired at the end of the day, but a 10 minute walk isn’t going to hurt.
I’d like to challenge everyone who reads this (whether or not you suffer from depression) to take at least two days this week and do something you enjoy. I don’t care if it’s petting your dog on the couch or going white water rafting. Do something that brings you joy and makes you smile. And if you can’t think of anything, do some crazy dancing! You’ll be amazed at how it might just raise your spirits 😉