Depression is a fickle, heavy, but ultimately tameable beast. As many times as I have talked about depression on my blog, it’s important to repeat that you aren’t your depression. You are bigger, bigger and capable of so much more than what your depression allows you to believe.
Depression is hard to define, and in many cases requires the opinion of a therapist and psychologist, as well as a qualified doctor in order to get you the help you need. However, depression is as much a matter of the soul as it might be an imbalance of mental state. For this reason, keeping these small attitudes can help you on your journey:
Keeping The ‘What If’ Mindset
The ‘what if’ mindset is powerful, and it is especially important to use it in a positive manner. When you’re depressed, it’s easy to think “what if I’m always depressed”, “what if there’s no point in trying”, “what if I’m not strong enough to change”. However, as uncomfortable and unnatural it is to change that line of thinking, we must.
Instead of “what if I’m always depressed”, imagine “what if I can have a life where my depression doesn’t control me? What are all the things that I could accomplish”?
Instead of “what if there’s no point in trying”, think “what if, I commit to recovery and get better”?
Instead of “what if I’m not strong enough to change”, think “what if I am strong enough to do anything I put my mind to”?
The mind is a powerful thing and we are heavily influenced by our thought. While the presence of depression can be out of our control, we still have power to fabricate our thoughts. We have to power to create and imagine optimism. Be consistently optimistic long enough, and it will manifest into a stronger you that is more capable on taking on depression.
Progress Isn’t Linear
Progress is in no way linear. Remember that. No one has reached success without go through hiccups and failures along the way. Don’t think that you can soar into recovery in a linear fashion, you’re only human like the rest of us. Accept that progress will be bumpy and accept these bumps as part of the process, as difficult as they may be.
And now, let me introduce to one of my favorite mental health memes:
Finding Help Where You Can
You don’t have to go through your depression alone. Whether it’s talking to family, friends, a psychologist, confiding with someone is a powerful way to deal with your depression. Even if you don’t want to talk, there are also antidepressants available (however, there are many different types of antidepressants with various side effects, so it’s important to do your research and talk with your doctor to find your best option). Help can also come in the form of simple and noninvasive procedures like TMS treatment for depression. Accepting help is never a sign of weakness and it’s important to be aware of all your options to know what works best for you.
Depression makes life hard, but there are things we can do to make it easier. Commit to a positive mindset towards recovery, trust the process, and don’t be afraid of outside help!
This is a collaborated post.