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Curing Depression With Summer

June 16, 2016

Gorgeous summer days have finally rolled into SoCal, and a summer state of mind has slowly but surely started taking over. I’m feeling energized and excited about the thing I do throughout my day, and I gave to say, the change is nice.

I’ve said before that being honest on here is really important to me. If you’ve noticed, I’ve been quite on here the past couple weeks, and the reason for that has been a culmination of a couple-month long depression cycle. I barely had the energy to get out of bed, and when I would, I felt as if I was in a bubble, a very isolated and lonely bubble. Going to my kid’s year-end adorable recital felt like a chore, going to the beach felt and smelt like nothing, and I pretty much slept through my wedding anniversary. It felt like my brain and body was consumed with a goopy slime that inhibited all movement.

I knew for a while that I was sliding into depression, but I hadn’t been proactive enough to stop the fall. I kept saying that once these or those issues and projects get done, I’d feel better. That was certainly a mistake. Instead, I could have and should have faced the issues that triggered the fall head-on. I should have maintained my physical health to uphold my mental health, gone out to places that brought me joy, or confided in my friends. Yes, easier said than done, but definitely worth the effort since I love more than anything being the best mom and wife and friend I can be.

But now, that the beautiful sun is out in the blue sky, I am making sure I  aim to be clear headed, exercise, go for lunch dates and dinner dates, and go to the beach as often as possible. The sun alone of course is not a cure. Maneuvering depression is complicated, and requires a lot of self care, love, and patience. But hey, sunnier days got me to literally and figuratively, see a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes a little symbolic glimmer, be it the weather, getting good news, or whatever comes along your path, is the push you need.

I will be recording my adventures and explorations on my snapchat (@splashofteal) with hopes to inspire you to do the same and enjoy your summer. Happy living is truly the best kind!

♡ Zuma

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In this story:

Anthropologie button down, sold out (the softest button-down I’ve ever owned!! Love this summer top by Anthropologie here)

J.Crew Teddie cropped pants, now on sale!

Cole Hahn sandals, old (love this Kacey’ ankle strap sandal by Pelle Moda here)

Michael Kors clutch (similar  by Glint here)

Swarovski necklace, old (also love this necklace by Kendra Scott here)

Ann Taylor tassel charm bracelet

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  • Reply Miss Sweet & Chic June 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    This was so touching! I’m glad you are better now, I’ve had difficult times myself, still go through ups & downs but love hearing stories like yours. You are beautiful inside & out xoxoxo

  • Reply Sara Theissen July 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I can totally relate! Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. Hope you stay on the up and up.

  • Reply Heather Robertson July 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    “I should have maintained my physical health to uphold my mental health, gone out to places that brought me joy, or confided in my friends.”
    This is the key sentence in your post. I will try to work on these points as well. Thank you for your honest. Very brave. 🙂

  • Reply Terry Poage July 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I agree the seasons can affect you, thanks for sharing this.

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