Using Your Intuition to Beat Depression
We honored to share this guest blog post by the lovely Renee Scheer on depression and healing. Renee is a recent graduate of our Certified Sacred Women's Circle Creatrix Training. Please comment below and let us know your thoughts!
Depression is a very real thing for so many women, and men. Many suffer in silence or fake their happiness because of the shame they feel or they feel like there is no one who is going to understand. And sometimes they feel like they don’t really know where to begin to understand it themselves. They might think “what’s wrong with me” or “why am I broken”.
During the holiday and winter seasons in particular it seems to become more prevalent. There is so much pressure to fulfill family and friend commitments over the holidays and with cooler weather and less sunlight it can affect a person’s livelihood.
It comes in so many different forms and on so many different levels. And the truth is there is no one size fits all cure for it. In my own experience I have heard doctors say “take this pill” and a family member say “just live with it”. I have also heard “you need to exercise” or “you need to eat better”, or “you need to do this or that…”. While some of that may be true, the truth is all that you need to know is right there inside you.
Your intuition, your inner muse, your divine spirit is always there to help you!
Depression was a part of my life for many years and the good news is that over time I have learned how to nurture it and come out of the dark cloud when I feel it starting to take over. So I want to share some of my secrets with you and one of the biggest keys here is to really listen to your intuition. Ask those big questions and be open to the answers. These are things that I continue to do on a regular basis because they really do work.
Let yourself feel.
It’s absolutely ok to allow yourself to feel all the emotions happening in your body. If you ignore the sadness, the numbness, the anxiety, or whatever else you may be feeling, it may escalate later. Your emotions are there to tell you something or teach you something. Let it all out so you can process the information.
Be curious and ask yourself questions.
Think of your emotions as your spirit. What is your spirit trying to tell you? What does it need you to know? What does it need to thrive again? Maybe she wants you to be out in nature more often. Maybe she wants you to create. Or maybe she wants to laugh and play to rekindle her childish spirit. The answers are endless. Only you can answer these questions by truly listening to your intuition. Have a conversation and the answers will appear.
Let go of the shame.
I know from personal experience that depression comes with shame. We’re afraid of sharing our truth because we don’t want to be judged, we’re afraid of being “less than”, or we simply don’t want to own our own truth. Shame comes from a place of separation. The opposite of separation is union and when we live in union with the universe, there is only love. When you own your truth about your feelings and emotions you will be held. You have angels and spirit guides all around you loving you and guiding you. When I decided to tell myself the truth about how I was feeling and how I was living, it became easier to start sharing those pieces of myself with people I love and the shame began to lift. Let your intuition guide you as to who you can trust to hold a space of love for you when you’re feeling low. Having someone to share with is one of the most important things you can do.
Don’t take nature for granted.
I have found nature to be one of the most healing tools for depression. Many times I have been in a rut and my intuition has nagged me endlessly to go outside until I finally listened. If you’re not finding the answers you need nature is sure to guide you. Mama earth teaches us so much. She mindfully ebbs and flows in each passing moment. She wants to be touched and nurtured by us the same way we want to be touched and nurtured and loved. Get outside and take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air. Hug a tree. Put your bare feet on the grass. Make a snow angel. Get your hands dirty in the garden. Gaze at the stars and make a wish. There are countless ways to connect to nature and your spirit will thank you. Even if you do this for just a short amount time each day, the healing will begin.
Take care of yourself.
What I mean by this is show yourself some love. You are a gift in this world. Show yourself some gratitude by choosing to be here on earth shining your light. Ask yourself, “what can I do for myself today?”. Maybe you want to take a hot bath, give yourself a lovely massage with nourishing oils, stretch your limbs with a leisurely walk or do some gentle yoga. Or maybe you want to prepare a nourishing meal, have a coffee with a dear friend, create a piece of art, or dress up for no reason other than it makes you feel good. The possibilities are endless and this is so important. If you’re laying on the couch binging TV feeling guilty about it, ask yourself, “what can I do to feel lively in this moment…what would make my spirit soar?”.
It’s understandable that when a person is depressed they may find it hard to be grateful for much of anything. So take a look at your life as if you are a visitor passing through. What do you have in your life right now that is nurturing you,? What is keeping you safe? What is providing for you? What brings you joy? Showing gratitude for all you have and all that you have created in this life is not only important, but also incredibly powerful. For just a moment, set aside all your thoughts about your problems and challenges and think about this. Grab a journal, say it out loud, or even just in your mind and say “I am grateful for……”.
Dear sister, if you are feeling any form of depression, know that you are never alone and with these simple practices you can shift to joy.
About the Author~
Renee Scheer is an Artist, a Muse and a Certified Sacred Women’s Circle Creatrix. She is passionate about creativity and artistic expression and is a believer in magic. You can learn more about Renee at her website here: www.reneescheer.com