I’ve spent the majority of my life worrying about what could happen, and keeping my life in control as much as possible to limit the possibility of something going wrong.
That is my biggest regret. I spent too much time missing out on the present because I am too distracted by worry.
I realize now that is called anxiety.
Many of us blow off the terms worry, stress and anxiety. Because so many of us deal with it, we have accepted it as the norm. No big deal. Everyone is rushed, stressed, and worried, so it’s fine if I am too.
But, it is a big deal.
Anxiety robs us of peace. We miss out on moments. And, eventually it can turn into depression.
Let’s start exposing these as real problems.
The first way that you can start your journey of healing depression is to talk about it.
Find a trusted friend or family member who will support and encourage you and hold you accountable for helping yourself.
Get on medication, if necessary. There is no shame in that.
Read, journal, and treat yourself with compassion. Take care of yourself.
Remember, you cannot give what you do not have. If you are feeling down because you think you aren’t kind enough, generous enough, or patient enough than give yourself more kindness, generosity, and patience.
Use your struggles to help others. Don’t let it go in vain. Your pain will not go to waste and can be used to heal others.
Serving others helps you as much as it helps others.
Have you ever dealt with depression? What did you do to get through it? And, check out my chat with Nancy Hornback to hear our stories and advice!
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