1. Sometimes, you just can’t. Sometimes, you need to rest and read and eat and listen to music and just remember how to inhale and exhale. That’s okay. Those things are important. Your health is important; so take care of your health before your art.
2. Write what you want. Let poems happen. Let songs come out of you, even if you don’t usually write songs. Scratch angry prose onto the pages of your journals, and don’t apologize for it. Don’t worry about the shape of your creativity; just let it go, and let it happen, and let it heal.
3. Don’t panic. There is no pressure. This is a quiet, safe place; it’s for you, and only for you. Take your time. Breathe deeply. Enjoy.
4. Take breaks. Work for thirty minutes; then go for a walk. Work for another thirty minutes; then make yourself a cup of coffee.
5. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Write in a place full of color and light. Wrap yourself in a soft blanket. Keep your kitten close by. Light candles.
6. Don’t edit. Just make words happen. Don’t beat yourself up if they are not perfect. Be forgiving of clunky sentences and syntax. Be gracious with yourself and your art.
7. Keep breathing, darling. You’re going to make it.
*And by depression I mean Actual Clinical Depression or just Being Really Sad.