In honor of Bell’s Let’s Talk Day I felt inspired to write this. Depression is such a massive topic in today’s world but it never hurts to bring it into the light. It looks different to every single person it touches. But that doesn’t make it any less real for anyone. I have personally suffered from Depression for most of my teenage and adult life. I know I have felt the stigma attached to it, I have felt ashamed that I couldn’t get over it and move on. And where things have improved for me, through talking, counselling, life changes etc. it is something that I have accepted will be a part of me forever, and I will have days that just don’t seem as bright and easy.
I’ve mentioned before that Happiness is a choice. I still believe that. But it’s not a one-time choice. You don’t wake up in the morning, say I’m happy, and problems solved. It’s a difficult choice, one made every day, and every moment in every day. It’s a choice to love and accept yourself completely. A choice take time for yourself, investing in self care. The choice to put healthy and nutritious things into your body. It’s a choice to move, to exercise, to get the blood flowing. It’s a choice to get out into nature, to connect with the Universe. Most importantly it’s the choice to look deep inside and forgive yourself – this can be the hardest choice for many – it was and still is one of the hardest things for me to do everyday.
When you’re deep in Depression, all of the above may not seem possible. It begins with one step at a time. Be present in each moment and do what you can in that moment. It can start with a simple conversation. Reaching out to someone close to you. It can start with eating more nutritious food – more and more studies are coming out that show the link between your gut health and inflammation. Saying now that Depression and anxiety are directly linked to this inflammation caused by unbalanced bacteria in your gut. The Gut is a fantastic book I can suggest that talks about how important gut health is – check it out here.
Suffering from Depression does not need to define who you are. I am still working on letting this belief go. It is a part of my past, a part of my life. But it does not define me. It is not who I am. Accepting and loving yourself means accepting this part of yourself as well. Bring light to it, bring acceptance to it, bring love to it. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Embrace yourself, love yourself. It’s the biggest thing you can do for yourself.
Sending strength to anyone who needs it – I hope you reach out and talk!
If you’re interested in any of the resources that have helped me along the way – feel free to leave me a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org