How to manage depression

You Can Let Your Mind Make You Or Destroy You

Just because you have a mental illness does not mean it will run your life


Living with depression is not easy. From the moment you wake up to the moment you are finally asleep, that wave of sadness, lack of motivation, and suicidal ideation are always over your head. I had been suffering for years but just recently found a way to manage my illness.

One thing that I learned to do is to treat each episode of depression as temporary. The mind is the most powerful thing you have, and you can let your mind make you or destroy you. This is easier said than done but at the end of the day, it is a form of practice that will last a lifetime.

I remember sitting in therapy and my therapist told me something that stuck with me to this day. He told me that I was accountable for myself, and that meant I was accountable for my actions that lead to how I take care of myself. Ever since then, I started doing things that lead to feeling like I'm living the best life that I can.

It took days of staying on track with medications, and days of therapy to learn that, but I can live a happy life and still suffer from depression and other mental illnesses, and I will have my bad days. It's perfectly okay.

When I have my bad moments, I stop and tell myself that "tomorrow will be a good day" or "next week should be better." I never go beyond a week because to me, the shorter the time that you give yourself the more temporary your episodes of depression or anxiety becomes.

Although mental illness is something that will always be a long-term thing for most people, the ability to think of it as temporary makes it easier to get through life. It makes it easier to motivate yourself to do things that will help you get better such as taking meds, eating, showering, or even going out with friends.

I want you to know that it won't be easy at first, but as you keep trying it will be more bearable. Because of my thinking, I am able to face the world as a stronger person and I am able to have less frequent suicidal thoughts.

I admit that there are times I will end up thinking dark thoughts but when I do I learn to turn to people I trust. It is okay to have days when you feel like you failed as long as you are able to get back up and keep on going.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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