Sometimes it's hard to be conscious of your body and mind when the busy lives we lead take almost all of our energy. Even through all the noise and emotions we experience throughout the day it is important to develop an awareness of what it is your soul is lacking. If you're constantly tired, unmotivated, or the sky just always looks grey your soul could be telling you something. I've always felt what I used to believe was depression, but when I became in tune with my body and got the necessary help, the grey cleared up and I realized what I had was not depression but distance between my soul and body. Of course I want to put a disclaimer that depression does exist but I do think it is over diagnosed. If we all put more effort into quieting the outside world and finding the light inside our own bodies I believe we would all feel a substantial surge of energy and life. So if you think you're feeling depressed but don't think you have depression, check out my tips to hopefully get out of whatever place you may be in. :)
1.) Trance Dance
The name sounds new age and cheesy, but it does get your mind to let go of all the weight on your shoulders. What you have to do is put on a song that makes you feel freedom pour out of you and allows the weight of the world to be suddenly lifted. Maybe one day I'll share my playlist if any of you guys are finding it hard to get that one song that lets your inner soul flow. After you put on the sound that stirs your being, just start moving. Start off small and then move to movements that carry your spine in a circular motion, letting your limbs go loose and just move to the music. Try to let go of the feeling that you look stupid or that what you're doing is silly because the ability to let go of the weight of everything is something that we aren't accustomed to and must therefore be trained to do. Just throw every bad thought, feeling or event up into the air and let it disappear. I highly highly encourage trance dancing to find the goddess/god within us.
2) Talk to someone or yourself
Talking is a great way to let out any frustrations without internalizing what's going on. If you have a designated person you tend to go to and even if you don't this is a great way to let go of daily aggravations. I find that talking to myself, as crazy as it may seem to some people, allows me to voice things that are underlying issues of something else that may have happened. Talking gives you a chance to avoid bottling up emotions and risk having it explode at any given moment. Holding in anger and negative emotions is not only detrimental for one's mental state but it also affects the body negatively and starts impacting physical and inner health. Since people today struggle with communication, voicing what's wrong to either yourself or someone else can also help train ourselves to be more open to communication.
3) Read or Write
I feel like this is said a lot by people but I can't emphasize how true it is. Pouring out feelings onto a page can help reveal what your soul needs or wants. Sometimes thoughts get so crazy and blurred that it's hard to read what it is that we are lacking. Therefore by letting words out onto a page it makes it easier to notice trends and make sense of what you are thinking and feeling. Yet if it's hard to write or face an issue, reading can be a healthy distraction and may even give you insight on how to deal with a problem. Stories or any book on a topic that interests you can help create a sense of calm and quiet to allow your soul to come out. The purpose of reading or writing is to try and distance yourself from things that are bringing you down in order to focus more on your own self and harbor the means that it takes to grow.
Every time I am upset or don't feel like myself and I happen to stretch I get this feeling of self awareness that instantly makes things a little better. Getting your body to move can awaken your muscles and get your mind to focus on breath with the slow and steady movements. Also, taking notice of how you breathe and letting the air fill your lower abdomen can also help relieve some stress and anxiety. Staying put for too long isn't good for your circulation and stretching helps get the blood flowing again and even provides a nice boost of energy. Giving yourself time to stretch out any muscles will help with mental clarity and will hopefully inspire the idea of slowing down and taking a breath in this fast world.