I’m pretty depressed this morning. Last night I was continuing work on a long home improvement project I have invested a lot of time in, and noticed that the work I had spent all night staying up for may have been done wrong, and I might have to rip everything out and do it over again. I didn’t want to do this twice.
And I was not happy.
In contrast to my stress-filled reaction, my wife was optimistic, as she usually is, and just said, “it’s okay. If there are cosmetic problems later then we’ll fix them.” She was right; the problem was merely cosmetic. But I was boiling inside. Her optimism was admirable, but at the same time a little unnerving.
With time, however, the optimism rubbed off on me, and I got over my anger. Slightly. Now I see that her viewpoint was much more rational and definitely less stressful. Little wonder she isn’t prone to depression like I am!
Still, this morning I woke up depressed and dejected.
What do you do when you feel this way? How do you get over stress and depression caused by a stressful event? Trying to ignore my feelings doesn’t work (it just bottles them up even more), but I want to get over the stress. Writing this has been therapeutic, and I’m going easy on myself and taking a step back to recuperate.