Finding The Right Groove

Finding The Right Groove

You may (or may not) know this about me but I struggle with depression. Have done for over twenty years now. Most of the time I have a good handle on it.

When diagnosed, I was fortunate enough to find a really good therapist who helped me develop strategies for managing my periods of depression through diet, exercise and herbal supplements. She helped me work out issues, taught me how to recognize my symptoms of depression when they occur, and honored a desire to find a more holistic approach to managing my mental health. And those strategies have gone a long way to keeping me on an even keel over the years. 

But every now and then I overlook one of the key elements to managing my depression. This oversight tends to occur when there is a stresser which affects my family and I am compelled to do what I can to help. Unfortunately, this can push me to add to current stress by trying to fix things in some way or other and it's usually practical stuff which revolves around financial needs or something of the like.

Most recently, I took a position with a very good company because I needed to be able to contribute to the family income. Great job, benefits. The total package. The problem is I put myself in a job position where the tasks I performed involved a huge amount of stress on a daily basis and became a signficant source of anxiety for me. And when I say significant anxiety I mean to the point of not being able to leave my home for a couple of days because of how overwhelmed I had become that it was effecting me physically.

One trip to the doctor later and a discussion with my husband confirmed I needed to cut the source of the problem from my life. Ergo I quit the job but the problem of needed extra income still remains. Thankfully, I'm getting back on a more even keel once more but it's a real struggle every single day to maintain it.

Which leads me to where I am at this moment and that is creating a source of home-based income. This is one of the reasons why I'm not simply using and loving my essential oils in daily life but attempting (once again) to build a Young Living business. In addition to this, I have started working on some of my writing projects which had been on a back burner.

And to all of this I am also crafting jewelry which I can sell on Etsy.

Not just any jewelry but diffuser jewelry which can be used with the essential oils I love (in fact, every piece I sell will include a sample of some of my personal essential oil blends). I've already started working on some designs for bracelets and have ideas for earrings as well as necklaces.

Life is a journey and this one happens to be part of mine. Sometimes I have to get creative and find the right groove to make things work in the end. And how lucky am I to have a partner in life who "gets me". He's in it for the long haul, baby. Twenty-eight years and counting. My husband who supports, understands, and provides for me in ways I cannot begin to explain.

Why am I sharing all of this? 

Because there are a lot of people (perhaps even you, dear reader) who struggles with similar issues and needs someone to say "Hang in there. You will find your groove. You will develop whatever strategies you need or take the necessary meds or talk to the right people who can help you get there. You might need to make some difficult decisions to protect your mental health and it's all fine. You can do that for yourself." 

Or maybe you are the loved one or friend of someone who needs to hear that from you. Perhaps you are the spouse who needs to be that steady presence when the maelstrom of emotions, stress, or life gets overwhelming for the person you love. To you I say the exact same thing. "Hang in there. Find the help you and your loved one/friend needs to create those strategies or make the difficult decisions. You can do that for them. And take care of yourself too because that is just as important."

So there you have it. Life can slap you in the face and what I've been remembering is that you gotta either block or swing but don't ever give in. Then lift your head and find your groove and step onto the path. One day at a time.

About kristinemac

Kristine McGuire is passionate about learning to live, love, laugh and bring others along on the journey to health and wholeness.

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