My guess is, that when most people think of ‘depression,’ they think of overwhelming sadness and perhaps grief, but this is not how everyone with dealing with depression feels. For many people it is an inner deadness to all feelings. No joy. No sorrow. Nothing. Like trying to experience life while wrapped in bubble wrap.
In a PsychCentrals blog on this topic,
The blog article is informative, talking about where these feelings of ‘numbness’ may be coming from, and suggesting several strategies for self-help.
Several things on the suggestions list can be implemented and even amplified through work with horses. We often check in with our clients about how they are feeling. We find that even if a client starts their session ‘not feeling it’ by the end of the session they report that they are feeling better ‘Sammy makes me happy!’ We talk about feelings, working on a variety of ways to express how something feels. Maybe grooming a horse makes a client feel ‘soft and warm,’ while asking for the trot makes a client feel ‘tingly’. And best of all, spending time with horses is VERY nurturing!
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there is help available. Work with horses can be an powerful part of a treatment plan. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch. We’ll show you around, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.