On Wednesday, DH and I went to our first parent-teacher conference for our kindergartner. We were discussing the usual topics and the subject of misbehavior came up. Teacher Melissa uses a version of the time-out which she calls the "Power Place". It's simply a small table and chair away from the action of the class where misbehaving kids can go and get their power back or, in other words they calm down, refocus, and adjust their attitudes so that they can rejoin the group. To me, it is a fresh twist on the old time-out concept which inevitably ends up seeming like an isolation-type punishment.
But something else struck me about this idea: how depression is related to one's power, or lack thereof. I've searched for a logical reason why I suffer from depression. If you have chronic depression, you know that there usually isn't anything logical about it, but that hasn't stopped me from wondering, WHY? Well, Teacher Melissa may have answered that, at least in part. I get depressed because I feel powerless. I get depressed in the winter because I am powerless against the weather. In that situation, I feel that I am without acceptable choices and powerless to change things. Conversely, when I am feeling good, I feel powerful. And when I feel powerful, I feel good.
So how do I get my power back when I start feeling down?
Or do I need to be more accepting of this powerlessness? It's not a good feeling.
Half-Cracked T-Shirt - I made two t-shirts for an upcoming talent show. Two kids are doing a comedy act and they named themselves "Half-Cracked Nuts". The text was created using ...