1.) Breathe. 2.) Be kind to myself though I find breathing to be difficult. This will pass. 3.) Don't hate myself when I realize I've forgotten this will pass. 4.) Don't succumb to the depression, but sit with it. Depression responds best when I make eye contact. 5.) Remember, in a depressive episode, these words are violence: “I shouldn't feel this way.” “Look on the bright side.” “Why can't I feel the way I did yesterday last week last month?” This is an inner wrestling I am not, at the moment, prepared for. It always results in torn muscles, strains, fractured bones. 6.) Be patient. What feels so real today will be mist tomorrow next week next month. Whenever the sun rises again. I've walked this road before. This is the gloomy stretch of dark dank misty moors. The coast is just a little way beyond. 7.) Breathe.