How To Care For The Depression Beast

How To Care For The Depression Beast

A Poem by Karen Redburn

Not really poetry, have no idea where this belongs. Thoughts, comments and feedback welcome and appreciated.


Feed the beast a healthy diet of only love. No negative junk food thoughts before or after midnight, otherwise it may rise up and take on a will of its own and escape the mind by burning an anxious hole through the stomach. If it gets out, soothe with focused meditation. A gentle bike ride, walk or jog through a sunny park should help get the beast back in its liar. If it's holding you hostage take a small step toward it, a shower, some cleaning or laundry can send it a step backwards.

Feed it balanced nutritious meals and make sure it gets a good nights sleep. Help it to reach out to a friend or two or walk it on a leash to the nearest support group, in person or online. Sit and talk with others offering and receiving support. Pick a piece of garbage off the ground and deposit it in a can or help a neighbour shovel the driveway.

Write about the beast, get to know it well for familiarity will take some of its power away.

Sometimes depression may overtake, but ultimately a reboot can give us the upper hand. And remember if the beast is too big to handle alone seek medical attention.

© 2018 Karen Redburn

Author's Note

Karen Redburn
Comments and feedback welcome and appreciated.

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Good Karen. Yes, all your suggestions will help keep the beast at bay. I guess if you are in the tight grip of depression then motivation to wrest yourself free is difficult. Your final piece of advice is correct.
I don't think your need to worry what style your writing is if you have a message to share.

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Karen Redburn

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Thank you, it was a difficult but simple write up. Not sure if that makes sense. But I wanted to con.. read more

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Added on February 9, 2018
Last Updated on February 9, 2018
Tags: depression, anxiety, mental illness, meditation


Karen Redburn
Karen Redburn

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Life long reader, who loves to write. Interested in connecting with other writers through their writings, sharing ideas and reviews. more..