Perhaps the very moment that you choose to actively go looking for a way to get better is the critical turning point in the whole battle. If that is the case then I can’t help thinking that we are fortunate there are so many ways for us to start making a difference. These are all methods that go hand in hand with conventional medicine and are well worth discussing with your doctor.
In my case it was certainly true, because my recovery was massively assisted through painting and I’ve frequently mentioned my belief in the power of art as a therapy. We should remember though that art doesn’t just mean painting. The definition of the word ‘art’ includes music, literature, painting and dance which is a massively wide sphere of potentially therapeutic avenues, and it is the concept of this which inspired the following painting.
The use of a the black and gold silhouette is representative of depression and the whole image is back-lit with a rainbow, which in many cultures is traditionally associated with a theoretical bridge from here to a place of greater understanding and enlightenment; very much in the spirit of the Judy Garland 1939 hit song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow.’
Dance also provides a strong link with sport and I feel that it is crucial not to overlook this as an avenue offering similar therapeutic possibilities to art. The dynamic combination of adrenaline, endorphins, fitness, achievement, teamwork and companionship can hold tremendous potential for lifting the spirits with additional diverse health benefits. My sport of choice is Taekwondo, it makes me feel good and I train as often as I can, but there are many different sports which cater for a wide variety of strengths and abilities. A bit of trial and error can identify the one for you.
Fundamentally though, the vital stage in recovery is making that initial decision to find a way forward; to try to get better, because once you do that you are already winning. It will take time, and there will be occasions when it feels like you are taking one step forward and two back, but keep going and you will get there.
After all, if you’ve hit rock bottom, don’t forget the immortal words of Yazz:
“the only way is up!”
Good luck with your journey