"Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind." - James Hillman
During the course of any day I can go from feeling like I've got the world by the tail to feeling like a tooth paste tube all crinkled up and empty ready to just get tossed out. The shift can happen in an hour and it can feel totally overwhelming.
Some times I don't look for a cure but just let it hang over me and remind myself that these feelings won't last forever and maybe there is some important work going on in my soul. If I want to there are some things I can do to push it off.
One thing that seems to always help is to go out and visit with someone. A phone call with a friend can do the same thing. There is just something about being with another person that has the power to recharge my spirit again.I also like to take long warm baths with candle light and a little pile of note cards filled with interesting things to think on. This is more of a cold weather treatment but it works wonders for me during Michigan winter blues. It almost seems like the bath tub is where I get some of my best inspiration for some reason.
I have thought before that artists are especially prone to deep feelings of despair because we are open to feeling more than the ordinary person. We have trained ourselves to be sensitive and responsive to the world we live in. Cultivating this kind of sensitivity drives us to make our creative work but it also can mess us up because a lot of what the world brings at us is not beautiful but broken and ugly. So with that in mind it becomes important to find ways to take care of ourselves so we can keep on going and enjoy our lives as much as possible.