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Depression has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve been through an insane amount of ups and downs but I’ve learned a lot from those experiences and I thought I would share with you a few things that have helped me. Here are some of the things I learned from depression.
Anyone who has spent any time around me knows I am not naturally a very patient person. I generally am always in a rush and trying to get more things done in a day. Managing my depression has made me learn to be patient with myself. It’s easy to get frustrated if you don’t see results right away but the truth is when you’re depressed results come slowly. Even taking medication can take weeks to see any results. I’ve learned anytime I’m trying something new I shouldn’t expect immediate results. Going to the gym has become one of my main coping mechanisms but it took about a month of working out consistently to start feeling better.
It’s easy to compare yourself to your friends or peers but you don’t really know what challenges they are facing. The truth is managing depression is really freaking hard and takes a ton of energy and focus. It can make doing other things way more difficult than they are for other people. Comparing yourself to other people isn’t going to help you on your journey, it’s just going to make you feel worse and make life even more difficult than it already is. Just stay in your lane and become super focused on yourself and don’t use other people to judge yourself. They don’t have the same struggles that you do so it’s impossible to compare yourself to another person.
Celebrate Small Victories
When I am depressed it can take a long time for me to get back to feeling like myself again. Focusing on small victories every day helps me stay motivated and not completely defeated. Having depression means that sometimes my functioning is lower than other times. When I’m going through a difficult period I focus on the small things I am doing instead of all the things that I’m not getting done. Burying myself with guilt about not getting more done only makes the process take longer. I’ve learned to just give it time and focus on what IS getting done and to celebrate those accomplishments. If you get out of bed today celebrate that even if you couldn’t go to work or do the things that you usually do.
I wasted years of my life being depressed instead of talking to a therapist. If you’re struggling I encourage you to reach out to someone for support. I have a whole podcast episode about reaching out for help you can check out here. It can take time to find the right people to help you but building a support system is crucial to your recovery. I’ve gone through a number of therapists, Doctors and even friends before I was able to have the right people around me to help me get better. Start by reaching out to one person and see if you can start putting together your own support system. I have a mental health support group you can join on Facebook if you’re interested in getting support online.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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