Overcoming Depression

Friday, 10 April 2015

This is a bit of a different post for me as I don't usually write about my lifestyle and life. Now as a lot of you don't know me this is quite personal but as I have moved on from my past I hope I can help others in my life.

I suffered with depression and anxiety for so many years of my life, everyday I felt down and unable to get out of bed for the day, all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and stay there all day.
About 2 years ago I said enough is enough and I needed to get a hold of myself. I met someone who really helped me through all of my troubles, my amazing boyfriend! Now I'm not saying at all get a boyfriend or girlfriend and you'll be fine, it was a lot more than that, but I'm saying that if it wasn't for him I don't even want to think about what my life would be like today. There was other things that helped me through all of this too which I will share with you and hopefully it could help you too.

Now I know this sounds a lot easier than it is to do, I know, but this was the fundamental part of my recovery. I didn't talk to a therapist or anyone professional, which I could have done but I thought that if I told my friends and then eventually my family they could help me in anyway they could. I started with telling my boyfriend and then my best friend, they spoke to me about my problems and that was probably the hardest part of my recovery, actually telling someone I had a problem.
If it would be easier to tell someone you don't know, which I fully understand, start by going to your GP and telling them. They will be able to refer you to a councillor where you can talk about all your problems with them, if they think you have something other than depression, they will be able to help you through anything. But honestly the first step if you want to get better is telling someone!

Find something that makes you happy, mine was socialising more with my friends as I was very unsociable person due to my anxiety, I also threw myself in to uni work and made myself a better person. It could be anything, even blogging which I find makes me so happy now, whenever you're feeling down throw yourself into your hobby to distract you. This may be a bit of a different story, but if you harm yourself this is the perfect time to just jump to your hobby rather than that.

I found this a really helpful thing to do, if I was ever feeling down or if I ever felt like harming myself in anyway, I pulled out my diary and wrote everything down. You need a way to let all your feelings out, I never wanted to tell anyone before I started talking to people about my problems so I wrote them all down. This really helped me.

I hope this helped you with the first step to your recovery, I'm always here to talk if you ever need to talk to someone who has been through the same thing, you can email me at bashfordcree@gmail.com.

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