6 Things I’d Have Done Differently In Battling Depression

things i'd done differently in battling depression
things i'd done differently in battling depression

Daily Blog #251

Today, I write this with a heart full of sadness from hearing numerous stories about how depression is affecting a community that is dear to my heart. A community that is also known as Hockeytown USA. A community that always took me in as one of their own. And a community that is full of the strongest fighters known to man. This one is for the Warriors.

You may not know me, you may have never seen me, and you may never have met me, but here I am. I am not just a survivor, but also a beacon of hope that no matter how dark the times may seem, there will always be a brighter light waiting for you at the end of the dark tunnel.

I like to think of myself as the most blessed human being on the face of the planet. I have a family that loves me, I have been spoiled beyond belief, and I am living the greatest gift known to man – the gift of life. What more could I possibly ask for?

But life hasn’t always been this easy to look back and reflect on. Over the last six years, I have been diagnosed with depression, have suffered severe anxiety, and have found myself in the hospital due to an eating disorder that spiraled out of control. Yet, here I am, happier than ever, and making it my personal mission to help change as many lives as I possibly can.

I know how difficult times may seem when you are depressed, but trust me, no matter what negative emotions you are feeling, there are always others who love you, and others who would do anything for you. I want to share with you 6 things I’d have done differently in battling depression in hopes that maybe, just maybe, it might be able to help prevent any more heartache.

1. Talk to somebody

During my battle with depression, I honestly wish I would have learned to open up a lot sooner than I did. It took me a year to admit that I was battling with depression. I feared that I would be judged or thought down on if I admitted my illness. But that’s just it. Depression is an illness, and illness that we can’t always cope with on our own.

Talking can be one of the best things to help with depression. Talking is what literally saved my life, and it is what I continue to find the most beneficial way of coping with my depression. You may not think that talking will help, or you may not feel comfortable talking with others about your emotions, but trust me, it works. You will be surprised by how many people are actually there for you, and how many people care about your well-being.

2. Found professional help sooner

Whether it is seeing a therapist, or starting medication, professional help can be very beneficial. I first started my healing process by seeing a therapist. When I didn’t find it to work as well as I hoped it would, that is when I saw a medical professional and got placed on medication. There is no right or wrong way to cope with depression. Find what is best for you, and stick with what you think will help your the most.

3. Start a journal

Writing has done wonders for me. Whether it is journaling, blogging, or even having a daily planner, writing works. It helps me to get the negative thoughts out of my head, and it helps to diminish any levels of anxiety that I am experiencing. I tend to be more organized, less stressed, and my mind is a lot clearer of any negative thoughts.

4. Gone out more with friends

Oftentimes when we are feeling depressed, we are at home and by ourselves. It isn’t until we find stillness when our minds become fluttered with negative emotions. See, when we are by ourselves, we give our minds the opportunity to wander. Well, when you are experiencing depression, odds are that your mind will wander into dark and lonely places.

One of the easiest ways to combat this is by grabbing a family member, a friend, or even going out by yourself in public. Go to a movie, go out to dinner, go play a game of pond hockey. Whatever you decide to do, surround yourself with others, and try to keep yourself occupied.

5. Started to focus on something positive

This is probably going to seem like the corniest one of all of my suggestions, but the more that you fill your mind with positive thoughts, the better you will feel. Surround yourself with positive people, listen to positive podcasts on your way to work, hang positive quotes on your bathroom mirror, or even make affirmation boards. The more positivity that you can consume, the more you will see how amazing you already are, and the less depressed you will feel.

6. Know that you are loved

No matter how you feel, it is important to know that you are loved, and that there are many, many individuals out there that care deeply about you. You are not, and will never be alone in this fight. Not only will you always have the support and love from those who are closest to you, but you will also have the love and support from the other 300 million souls are fighting this battle right alongside of you.

You are strong, you are worthy, and you are loved. Please, never forget that no matter what emotions you may be feeling. Your life is, and always be worth living. So join me in in OUR fight with depression, and let’s set out to live our best lives yet!

If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
  • If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

Michael Bonnell


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