Finding Comfort in Depression Is Difficult, Not Impossible
Finding comfort in depression is diffictul, but not impossible. Coping with depression is already challenging and it can seem impossible to find comfort in the depths of depression. Whether I'm seeking comfort from others or I am attempting to comfort myself, I often find myself coming up empty handed (Depression Support: Why You Need It, Where to Find It). But the challenge of finding comfort in depression is worthwhile and beneficial to coping with the illness.
Finding Comfort in Depression Relieves Symptoms
Comfort is useful in coping with depression because it is a form of relief from the symptoms of depression. Feeling comforted means that you feel less of a negative feeling. Perhaps you've had a stressful project at work that requires long, inconsistent hours and your attempts at coping with your depression have fallen flat. Experiencing a sense of comfort would relieve you of some of the stress you've been carrying with you, thus enabling you to relax and better cope with your depression.
My experience with depression often leaves me feeling uneasy, restless, and deeply sad. When I take a moment to comfort myself or to be comforted by a friend, I feel less sad and I am able to breathe a little easier. My wild mind settles down for a moment so that I can rest for a few minutes and experience some relief from the challenges of coping with depression.
Ways to Find Comfort in Depression
You can comfort yourself or you can receive comfort from others to cope with depression. With plenty of failed attempts at self-comfort that merely resulted in an angrier, more aggressive version of myself, I've found that the most success comes from practicing self-care mechanisms that are deliberately calm and slow (Ways to Self-Soothe During an Emotional Crisis). Some of my favorite sources of comfort are warm showers, drinking a cup of tea, candles, and meditation to change my depressed brain.
There are times that the task of comforting myself feels too challenging and I need a person to help me make that loud, restless part of my mind quiet and still. In this situation, I reach out to close friends or my partner for snuggles, conversation, or a good distraction. Sometimes I reach out with the knowledge that comfort will come with the act of reaching out and sometimes I explicitly ask for help in achieving a state of comfort. It depends on what my needs are.
Know Your Needs to Find Comfort in Depression
On the bright side, coping with depression typically makes it pretty clear what you need to address in order to feel comfort. For example, if you are experiencing rapid thoughts and you feel restless because those thoughts are bouncing around in your skull, you might reach out to someone with whom you can discuss those thoughts.
No matter what you're feeling and thinking, there is almost always a way to find comfort in depression. It takes equal parts practice and patience, some creativity, and a deliberate effort to be kind to yourself.
Verbeke, T. (2017, February 8). Finding Comfort in Depression Is Difficult, Not Impossible, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2017/02/feeling-comfort-is-difficult-while-coping-with-depression
Author: Tiffanie Verbeke
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