Time is flying by. It has been nearly six years since I was first diagnosed with clinical depression. Well, it’s actually been five and a half years, but who’s counting?
Depression isn’t something that many are willing to talk about. There is this stigma that depression represents weakness in a person, and very few are willing to admit their weaknesses.
If depression represents weakness, then in the eyes of some, I guess I am what you would call weak.
But this isn’t how I see it, and it isn’t how you should see it either.
The first step towards overcoming any obstacle that you face in life is to first admit that there is an obstacle. If you aren’t willing to recognize that obstacle for what it is, then you aren’t willing to take the steps necessary to overcome that problem.
Again, this is, of course, just how I see it.
After nearly six years of battling with depression, I can honestly and full-heartedly say that I am the happiness that I have ever been in my life. I have a purpose for my life, I am more motivated than ever before, and best of all, I finally have the belief in myself that I can achieve anything and everything that I desire.
So how did I get to where I am today? How did I go from feeling so low about myself to knowing that I can do anything that I set my mind to? It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure, but here are three tips that help me to cope with depression.
3 Tips That Help Me To Cope With Depression
1. Surround Yourself With Those You Love
The saying about being a representation of the five people you spend your time with the most is true. With it being true, it would only make sense that you spend your time with those you love because it is those individuals that will be there to help you every step of the way. The more others are there for you to encourage you and to lift you up when you are down, the more you will see your true potential and how incredible you already are.
2. Force Yourself To Focus On The Positives
It may sound cheesy, but it’s effective. Similar to the last example, the more that we force ourselves to focus on the positives, the more we see how much good there actually is in the world.
While it’s not always easy to focus on the good, especially when you are feeling down, it will always be worth it to do so.
For a year now I have consumed myself with as much positivity, motivation, and encouragement as I could possibly indulge. There were times where I asked myself what the hell I was doing turning into such a soft peace-loving hippie (yeah, you can tell how low I was truly feeling in life), but the results were speaking for themselves. I was finding more happiness than ever before, and I wasn’t willing to look back.
3. Never Give Up On YOU
This is your life and you have to invest in yourself if you want to get the most out of life. Treat yourself with the same amount of respect as you wish others to treat you. Reward yourself for all of your achievements, reflect on all that you have already accomplished in life, and realize that you can achieve even greater success moving forward. And for your sake, never beat yourself up for any of your flaws or mistakes. You are not perfect and never will be perfect, but you are you, and that is your greatest power.
You Are Never Alone
These are the three biggest tips that help me with my depression. While I still do experience depression symptoms from time to time, they are not nearly as severe as they once were.
It is my hope that these tips will help you to cope with depression in your life just as they have helped me. Always know that you are never alone in your battle and that there is always a brighter future that lies ahead. All you have to do is reach for it.
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