Down in the Dumps
As Eeyore would say, “Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” My current mood whilst writing this is totally Eeyore; slightly down in the dumps. Why am I down? Boredom, fussy, moody; I’m not exactly sure. For many people being down in the dumps is just a matter of feeling blue; for others it’s a bit more serious and they call it depression.
There are various stages of depression: major depression, persistent depressive disorder, manic-depressive illness, seasonal affective disorder and post-partum depression. 5% of the world’s population suffers from depression with 16 million US adults who’ve experienced one major depressive episode in 2012 (Pietranglo, 2015).
Some symptoms include: extreme irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in favorite activities, insomnia or excessive sleep, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and unexplained ache and pains (Pietranglo, 2015). The causes of depression are many; however the treatments are just as numerous.
Treatments can include counseling, positive affirmations, exploring new interests, art therapy, exercise, yoga and so much more. Today’s remedy comes in the form of a cup of tea. Ginger and peppermint is on the list of ingredients for their stimulating and uplifting properties.
Smile Eeyore - Tea Recipe
- 1 Teaspoon of dried ginger root
- 1 Teaspoon of dried peppermint
- 1 Cup of hot water
- Loose leaf tea infuser
- Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
- Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
- Steep for about 5 minutes then remove the infuser
- Sip and enjoy up to 3 cups daily
After picking myself up out of the dumps, I opted from some sewing therapy and am working on a quilt. Included below are links to some ideas to peak your interest and explore. Smile Eyeore, you have the choice to be happy.
Pietranglo, A. (2015, January 28). Depression and Mental Health by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You. Healthline. Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic#1.