How to Get Rid of Depression

How to Get Rid of Depression

How to Get Rid of Depression

For Artists

 

Depression is a motherfucker. I can honestly stop writing at this point and show you what I have to show you, and without any words you would still understand. If you have ever been through it that is. It doesn’t matter how successful you are, how loved you are, how much you love yourself,  if depression wants you… depression will have you.

“… Major Depression., Persistent Depressive Disorder., Bipolar Disorder., Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Psychotic Depression., Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression., Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), ‘Situational’ Depression…”

“And the road goes ever on and on..” I hate to use that quote from my favorite  Book “The Hobbit”.  It just fits too well, the road does go ever on and on and that can either mean  endless  hopelessness or endless hopefulness.
So why is it that I am telling you all of this? What place does it have here on my emotional, thoughtful, romantic wedding photography blog?
While this is a place to show you the magic I can create for you during your most important moments, it’s also my safe space. I’m leaving myself open so potential clients can better get to know me, know that I’m someone they can trust. Know that I am a real person.
So I hope that other creatives can come here and realize that their hurt and pain and lack of motivation isn’t secluded to their mind alone.
Sad. Crushing. Out of focus. Listless. Lazy. Achy. Forgetful. Anxiety ridden. Never hungry. Never full. Gross. Inconsistent. Uncomfortable. Creepy. Lonely…
… Everything I feel and more. Everything I tried to express in this set.

The Number one Way to Leave Depression Behind

{or … the only was I know how to cope with depression}

  • Pick up your tools:

When I am depressed I am often bedridden. I stay up to 2-3am and can’t make myself get out of bed most of the next day. So, the only way I know how to motivate myself towards something greater than my misplaced pain is to pick up a tool and create. For me, that tool is mostly my camera. I also find peace in sanding and sealing sticks.

When I couldn’t make myself get up the other day and my kids came in to play with me, I decided to grab my canon and try to grab at the essence that made up my particular depression. “The way it looks from my vantage”.

depression is creepydepression is blurrydepression is saddepression is grossdepression is uncomfortablelazydepression is dirty

I used a slow shutter speed to show the movement around me. It portrays the way things move while I am in a depressed state. I would give exact specs but it varied a quite bit. The reason for this was that I wasn’t just going to for the movement. I was also trying to purposefully showcase a certain inconsistency in the shooting and the editing.
More than anything, I think this was a way to keep me distracted for a while. Now I have 3 blog posts, 1 email to the subscribers scheduled and several projects edited.
Be sure to leave a comment below. I would love to hear about your coping methods or even what you think of mine.
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  1. I love that you’re talking openly about this. So many creatives are affected by anxiety and depression – myself included. The only way out is through. XO

  2. I’m glad it’s being appreciated. I don’t know any other way through it than by creating ☺️

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