It’s been a journey, that’s for sure. For far too long, severe depression and anxiety weighed me down like an anchor, impacting every area of my life. My work suffered, and my relationships were strained due to my state of mind. I felt isolated and alone in a way that words can’t even begin to describe.
For years, I kept it all bottled up inside of me without discussing the struggles I was going through with anyone - not close friends nor family members. Until one day, after months of sleepless nights and extreme self-doubt, I reached out for help.
Turning to therapy was one of the best decisions that I have ever made for myself. Through difficult conversations and hard moments of reflection, my therapist helped me process what I was feeling which gave me the emotional clarity and insight I needed to move forward on a healthier path.
I also changed some elements of my lifestyle - removing toxic people from my environment, getting outside more often for fresh air and sunshine, disconnecting from screens when needed to carve out space for more meaningful activities — all these changes have led to greater peace within myself & improved mental health overall.
These days, while I still experience bouts of sadness or fear from time to time (as we all do), it feels like a much smaller piece compared to where it once was in my life – more manageable & much less intense. On my bad days now, usually they can be turned around through positive self-talk, reframing stressful thoughts into something more optimistic; or simply just taking better care of me with some simple self-care strategies like exercising or meditating).
Working through depression & anxiety isn’t easy by any means but no matter how lost you feel in those dark moments – there is hope! Seek professional help in whatever form speaks most strongly to you (therapy / counseling / medication etc.) - LIVE YOUR LIFE again! You deserve it!