How Tarot Can Help With … Depression/Anxiety

These are huge subjects and I apologise in advance for my limited knowledge. However, I do suffer with both myself — and Tarot has helped me so much.

Tarot gives valuable guidance, boosts confidence and asking for a reading reminds you that you are not alone.​

Depression: living in the grey zone

I get so confused reading about depression, so I am sure you do too. From many descriptions I would not have it — I feel that I am an optimistic person and can generally distract myself from persistent blues by, for instance, taking the dog out for a walk in the sunshine or watching a funny video on YouTube. However, for most of my life there have been regular periods of being irritable and negative — and a lot of tears (I cry at everything!). These periods may only last an hour (and I keep reading how depression will cause a chronically depressed mood for most of the day), but they are often enough to make me think that I need to take this seriously, and do not just sit back and accept it. If I (or you if you are living with even just a few depressive symptoms) do nothing about it, then we have a 50% chance of being depressed 10 years from now, and a 10% chance of major depression within 1 year.

Depressive symptoms include:

  • eating too much or too little
  • sleeplessness or sleeping too much
  • lack energy, feel tired all the time
  • have feelings of inadequacy, guilt or put yourself down all the time
  • seem less effective or productive at home or work
  • get irritated easily
  • feel prone to crying
  • not want to be social much anymore.

Mild depression (or Dysthymia) may be low-grade and persistent, but it is not just your nature. It can become a way of life, but you do have a chance of breaking its patterns.

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Anxiety — unease, worry and fear

Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful situations such as exams, moving house or starting a new job. However, it can become overwhelming, with very strong responses that last for a long time.

Symptoms are both physical and psychological. Here are some of them :-

Physical :

  • feeling light headed or dizzy
  • difficulty sleeping
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • sweating or hot flushes
  • needing the toilet more or less often
  • experiencing panic attacks.

Psychological :

  • feeling restless and not able to concentrate
  • having a sense of dread
  • feeling like other people can see you are anxious and looking at you
  • feeling tense and on edge
  • feeling numb
  • dwelling on negative experiences.

You can see how depression and anxiety can be linked together. Here is a quote from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America -

Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Not the Same

Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other, but there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders.

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Coping through Tarot

Just taking the step of asking for a Tarot reading is a positive first step. Asking a question or receiving a reading based on an existing spread (ie my popular Let Go & Release reading) gets those thoughts out of your head and shared with someone else. If you are struggling to be social and finding yourself isolated from friends/family, then either seeing a Tarot reader in person or even an email/phone reading is a gentle way to get some support.

The many and varied Tarot deck designs provide an interest for you to study and are an excellent form of distraction. Buying a deck or decks for yourself to use at home, or installing one of the many Tarot apps on your phone, means you can draw a Card of the Day to give you some direction at the start of the day or to assess how your day has been. Writing/sketching in a Tarot Journal is another step you can take, and is fantastic if you are learning to read Tarot yourself.

This leads onto the subject of learning to read Tarot. You can easily start to do this online and/or reading books. Some valuable resources are:

Kelly-Ann Maddox on YouTube (I watched all of the videos when I first started to learn Tarot seriously, and they are fantastic).

Holly Inspires on YouTube (I have not taken her Tarot Video Course, but I do love her style on YouTube).

Mary Greer (any of her books and this is a link to a really useful blog post).

Any of the Biddy Tarot courses (and she has lots of free resources/blog posts).

Ethony (a range of resources).

Joan Bunning (a highly regarded free resource).

Theresa Reed (this is a blog post listing the best books to read — and she has a lot of free resources on her site).

There is a Tarot reader for everyone out there …

Every Tarot reader is a unique individual — just like you. We all have different styles, different preferences as to which questions we do/do not answer, there are readers who specialise in a particular area, some are also psychics and/or mediums ….

Choose a Reader who you feel drawn to, who you feel comfortable with, who can give you the time you need.

If you have not had a Tarot reading before, then read my blog post, How To Be A Great Tarot Client — and also my blog posts giving suggestions for good and bad questions to ask.

I am currently finishing off a magazine that is a guide to Tarot readings. Join my Tarot VIP Club in the link in my Profile and I will send this to you very soon. If you have any comments or questions, I would love to read them and will get back to you very quickly.

​Ali x

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