Not anymore! I must admit that my month long stint in Fairbanks, Alaska brought on some serious feelings of depression. I’m not sure if it was the darkness or separation from my family or both. My suspicion is that it was option C… both. I’m so glad to be back in Florida, though and the weather has been oh so accommodating. It has been in the low 70s this past week; perfect weather.
Back on the topic of depression. I have a somewhat melancholy personality and so depressions seems like a close neighbor quite often. I know that many other people have depression tendencies as well, so I wanted to share this article from Tim Ferriss, How You Label Determines How You Feel.
Donâ€™t use the term â€œdepression,â€ which is loaded with negative and clinical connotations, without considering other labels that might be more appropriate. â€œLonelinessâ€ or â€œisolationâ€ are two common substitutes which are not just more precise but more actionable (the term â€œdepressionâ€ doesnâ€™t suggest a solution).
Now I am not suggesting that there is no such thing as clinical depressions. I’m merely saying that I’ve experienced this type of thing in my own life. Sometimes just saying, “I am depressed” can make you feel a thousand times worse.