You may have noticed a gap in my posts. Then again, most people wouldn’t.
My mom passed at the beginning of June and until last Saturday I was too stressed to write, coordinating a bi-country memorial service. Now I’m just sad.
I noticed a difference between my normal depression and the sadness I was feeling. Sadness is not the same as depression. They may intersect or coexist, but I can feel sad without being depressed.
I want to be sad and grieve, but because of my bent toward depression, I can slip so easily into allowing the sadness to paralyze me.
What am I to do?
I have found a few helpful things:
- Be aware of my feelings. Knowing I am sad because I am grieving helps give me permission to feel my feelings.
- Talk with someone. Asking for prayer, sharing memories, explaining my mood, staying connected, and asking for help or understanding can make a big difference.
- Make a To Do list. Life goes on. Having a list helps me get things done without having to worry about everything I may be forgetting.
Grieving is hard enough without sharing the same space with depression. As I write this post, I feel a sense of victory. One more check mark on my To Do list. Time to go fold some clothes and add one more check.
Normally I would add something to encourage you, my reader. Today, I am the one in need of encouragement.
Grace & Peace,