For today’s depression awareness post, I’d love to turn your attention to the article by Stephanie Mitchell Hughes called Depression is Like Going Down the Rabbit Hole. In this article, she shares her lifelong battle with depression and smartly explains that she realizes she can’t avoid relapse but that there are things she can do to prevent it from getting to its worst spot and reduce its impact on her overall life journey. She names ten things:
First and foremost, she notes that she must take her medication “as prescribed and participate in treatment”. This is well said, because it goes a little further than the mandate to take meds and go to therapy. It is important to work with the professionals in your life. It’s not that they know everything. It’s not that you can’t question them. It’s not that you can’t make changes. But you have to have an open, ongoing, authentic, honest conversation with them and work together to battle the condition.
She goes on to include the importance of self-care, including eating right, filling her mind with beauty, meditating on the right things and remaining mindful.
As part of her self-care, she also makes sure to set clear boundaries and stay away from the things that hurt her. She shares that it’s important to “remind myself that I am not a victim because I live with depression. I am more than a conqueror. I am an overcomer.”
Finally, she shares the importance of telling her own story as part of her journey of living with depression. This helps. In my opinion, it always helps. It helps you and it helps others and it helps to add to the collective knowledge we have about how to live with and be compassionate about the condition of depression.
Sonia also sent this beautiful crochet butterfly!