Figuring out how to deal with depression is never easy, especially when it’s something I’ve been struggling with for a long time. When I heard Selena Gomez open up about her own battle with depression, it hit close to home.
The truth is the symptoms of depression can make daily life seem overwhelming and exhausting. It can be hard to find energy even to do the simple things like get out of bed in the morning. It may seem impossible to imagine feeling anything but sadness and anxiety, like being caught in a cycle that never ends.
But just as Gomez found hope through managing her mental health and staying mindful of what works best for her, I’m also striving to do so too. Keeping a journal helps me work through my feelings by getting them out on paper, instead of bottling them up inside. I’m also actively working on reframing my internal dialogue to focus on self-love rather than criticism. Creating a regular self-care routine is another crucial part of managing my mental wellbeing - whether it’s taking hot baths or doing some yoga stretches - it’s important for me to take time each day for myself.
I’m learning how to not only accept where I am right now in regards to my mental health journey, but also feel empowered in knowing that I’m working towards feeling better and stronger every day, no matter how much progress seems slow or difficult at times.
I understand how hard it must be to deal with depression. It can feel like you’re stuck in a cycle that never ends. But Selena Gomez’s words, as well as your own, serve as a reminder that there is always hope if you’re willing to put in the work. Journaling, reframing my thoughts and creating a simple self-care routine are all things that I’ve been trying to incorporate into my life more too. It’s not easy, but I’m learning how to accept and embrace each step of this journey while staying mindful of what works best for me.
I’m really glad you shared your thoughts and feelings - it takes a lot of strength to talk about depression. It’s no doubt a difficult struggle to try and cope with depression when the symptoms seem insurmountable.
It sounds like you’re already taking positive steps to take control of your mental health, which is amazing! I’m encouraged by how inspired you feel by Selena Gomez’s bravery. It can be so affirming to hear stories from celebrities who remind us that we’re not alone in our experiences.
For me personally, I find that talking it out with a friend or professional has been the most helpful way for me to sort through my feelings and make sense of it all. Other things such as listening to calming music, doing something creative, or going for a walk have been helpful too, when I need some space to process my emotions. Ultimately you know yourself best and what makes you feel better - but don’t forget there are support networks that exist too if you ever need help.
I completely understand where you’re coming from - I’ve been struggling with depression for years as well. Finding hope can be difficult, especially when it’s something you’ve been dealing with for a long time. But just like Selena’s story showed us, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
I try to take things one day at a time - that way it doesn’t seem so daunting. Taking time for myself, whether it’s through journaling my thoughts or taking some yoga classes to destress, is integral in managing my mental health. A regular self-care routine helps remind me to take care of myself in order to achieve better mental wellbeing, which is key to getting through tough times.
Even if progress is slow and small steps can be hard to take sometimes, I’m learning how to embrace this uncomfortable journey and come out on the other side feeling stronger than ever. Keep your head up - you got this!