Depression is the toughest opponent I battle with on a daily basis. Some days I wake up filled with energy, other days I wake up feeling depleted. It’s difficult dealing with, but it’s an issue we can’t escape. I deal with mild depression, but confronting it is the only way to overcome it. I know it sounds cliche, but there’s literally no other way...ya that wasn’t supposed to rhyme either.
I’ve been depressed maybe the last 3-4 years, but I’ve made huge leaps towards feeling better. When I first realized I was hurt, I tried downing the voices with alcohol; which only made things worse, especially fighting with a hangover. Reverting to harmful habits & practices always hinders your progression.
I never held myself accountable for my behavior during my first 5 to 6 months. I started seeking therapy, but then realized it wasn’t truly helping me. No I’m not shunning therapy because it’s essential for mental health. It just didn’t help me as much as I expected. Yes it felt good to talk to someone, but it felt better to relieve myself through writing. It all depends on the person to be frank with you.
It was more beneficial to explore my creative side, working out, praying & just keeping a positive attitude. Staying positive is the most important thing for anyone because your thoughts can either make the situation worse or better. I started playing my favorite songs and thoughts in my head rather than polluting it with negativity. This propelled me out of the darkness into the light.
I believe staying positive is the first thing to practice when coping with depression. Therapists and any profession in the related field will emphasize this, too.
If you don’t stay positive, then you’ll never conquer depression.