Depression can be a debilitating and difficult thing to manage - especially when it’s chronic. For many years, I struggled with Chronic Complex Interaction (CCI) depression. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, a combination of stress, exhaustion, and low self esteem kept dragging me down into an emotional swamp that was difficult to navigate my way out of.
My experience with CCI has made me realize how important it is to take care of oneself. Making time for activities that keep me feeling connected to the world around me as well as my own emotional life is essential for managing my depression. I practice yoga and meditation regularly, both of which help focus my mind on something other than the negative thoughts that drag me down. I also make sure I get enough sleep at night and am careful not to overwork myself during the day.
Finding helpful ways to talk about my feelings has also been key in combating my depression. Whether it be therapy or talking openly with friends and family, being able to articulate what’s going on inside has allowed me to gain perspective and build resilience against the negative thought patterns associated with CCI depression.
It’s taken a long time but now I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin - something I hadn’t felt in a very long while. I’m learning that depression doesn’t have to define who you are or ruin your life; there are lots of people out there who care about you and want what’s best for you - even when it feels like no one does. With enough effort, caring for yourself, reaching out for help from those around you, and keeping positive perspective can make all the difference when dealing with CCI depression.