Yesterday I met at the church for Day One of a special 8-week depression group run by LDS Family Services for the women in our stake. One of my heroes, Linda J., is leading the group (she works as a therapist for the church), and I am serving as the mentor for the group. The mentor is someone who has been in group therapy before--a depressed person, not a therapist--that can make the experience a little easier for the other members of the group. I was very tired in the morning, and had a hard time peeling myself out of bed to go to the church. I was thinking that I haven't been feeling very depressed lately, and maybe attending this group for 8 weeks would not be the best use of my time. But after 90 minutes with these women, who were so brave about sharing their private struggles with the rest of us, I felt my heart melted and full of love for each of them. I also felt inspired to continue working on my own unhealthy thought patterns, and to better prepare myself for my next bout, which will no doubt come in due time.
One project I am really excited about is preparing a first aid kit to use when my mood is low. It will be something tangible, maybe an actual box, or binder, with inspiring articles, quotes, pictures, et cetera, chosen by me to help me during dark times. If you have anything like that, or any suggestions for things I might put in my first aid kit, please let me know. I really appreciate LL's tip about the song she listens to every night before bed, "One Little Corner" by Jon Troast. That is the kind of thing I'm looking for.