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  • Johanna Lynn

Breaking Free from the Grip of Depression

Updated: Apr 16

Many of the clients I’ve worked with over the years struggle with depression. Through my work with them, I’ve learned depression has a lot to do with suppressed or frozen emotions that have been held in the body for too long.

Depression is a frozen state.

Frozen in your emotional range. Frozen from taking steps forward in your life. Frozen in your perspectives. Frozen in your body.

The longer the emotional suppression has gone on, the bigger the backlog of emotions that have been held in the body that need to be felt and let go of so that the body can slowly thaw from those stuck emotions.

Can you relate to feeling numb?

Or do you love someone who struggles with depression and they are numbed out?

Depression is often a cover-up for some of the deepest grief and only once your body feels safe to feel again, does all that grief have a chance to come out.

I’d like to share with you that there are ways to metabolize those emotions you once felt needed to be suppressed. The more you can sit with your numbness, your sadness, your anger, your fear, the more your body expands in its sense of inner safety.

Think of it like meeting yourself as you might sit with a friend in despair.

Under every depression, there is still a lower level waiting for us if we continue to avoid sitting with the pain or feeling what is truly there from our life experiences or the experiences that live in our family.

The seed for your growth is hidden in the depth of the depression. Rather than deny the pain, avoid substances, social media, numbing with TV, turn towards the message that depression has for you.

Some of the emotional burdens we carry might not originate solely from our own experiences.

Our parents and grandparents could have passed down unresolved pain and trauma through generational patterns. These inherited emotions may have taken root within us, influencing our thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses without us even realizing it.

Acknowledging this generational inheritance doesn’t mean assigning blame to our parents or grandparents; instead, it offers an opportunity for greater compassion and understanding. By recognizing these inherited patterns, we can break the cycle and choose a different path for ourselves and future generations.

This is your invitation to sit with the discomfort, explore your feelings, and seek professional support if needed. These steps can support you in reframing your perspectives, developing healthier coping mechanisms, and gradually releasing the impact of generational pain.

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