“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive,and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~Harold Thurman Whitman
Here are three steps on how to deal with depression. The first action to take is to feed your spirit. You may not feel like doing much when you are depressed. However, make one small goal for yourself each day.(Tweet This) Begin by making the goal of feeding your inner spirit for fifteen minutes a day. Then gradually increase your time. Your long-term goal will be to feed your inner spirit twice a day for at least fifteen minutes. Feeding your inner spirit requires something more powerful than just nurturing yourself, since it directly impacts your heart. Just as you need to eat daily, you need to feed your inner spirit daily. You may need to feed your spirit more than once a day.
If you are not feeling peaceful or you are irritated, this means that you have neglected to feed your spirit. Nature is a great way to feed your spirit and it requires very little effort on your part. All you need to do is appreciate the beauty around you and you will be fed. When has nature fed your spirit? Where were you? What were you doing? When is the next time you plan on letting nature feed you? Try this little experiment. Over the next two weeks, put yourself in nature at least two times a day for fifteen minutes. At the end of the two weeks, write down how being in nature has helped you. Once you become fully aware of how beneficial nature is, make this your new habit.
Giving to others is another great way to nourish yourself. Call a friend who is going through a hard time; volunteer at a local shelter or food bank. Your spirit will ALWAYS be fed when you give from the heart. Nothing but joy comes when you give from the heart. Reading or listening to something that inspires you will surely feed your spirit. How about listening to inspirational music as you head off to work in the morning? How often do you start your day by reading inspirational quotes? How do you feed yourself spiritually on a daily basis?