Part of it is because of the weather - I'm really not a huge fan of winter, but this one has been especially hard. A lot of snow, really cold temperatures - I'm just ready for spring. That coupled with some very stressful weeks at work has left me feeling - ho-hum.
I mentioned that to my friend, and said I was trying to find ways to combat the depression - exercise, diet, and making plans with friends being at the top of my list. Her response to me was to ask if I'd considered counseling.
Here's the thing - I have depression. Not a get-the-white-coat level of depression, but it's there. I deal. I used to go to counseling, but stopped when I really no longer saw a benefit. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think the fact that I can actually identify when I'm depressed, and think of ways to rationally handle the feeling, suggests I learned a lot from my counseling days. No?
Anyway, I reminded her I'd been to counseling before, and that there isn't much a counselor can do about the weather or my job stress. She responded by saying that a counselor can give me "coping mechanisms."
Such as - exercise, diet and making plans, I asked. She said that was a great idea, that I should do those things.
It's weird; I almost don't even need to be there for people to have a conversation with me.