When we face depression most of us hope for it to leave quickly. There are countless examples of those facing extreme sadness who look towards alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, food and other addictions. The facts are these only provide temporary changes to our emotions.
What then is the answer to truly overcome depression? Is there a remedy or are some doomed to darkness and struggle? I believe that we all have within us the ability to grow stronger. It does not happen overnight and it is a long often unpaved road.
In my own life, I have watched how connecting with friends, eating well, playing tennis, hiking, basketball, helping others, and finding outlets has given me a higher level of hope. I used to want to make my problems disappear as if I was Harry Houdini or David Blaine. I slowly and with many challenges found that I could only deal with this day.
I heard a fascinating interview with Demi Lovato. It shares how while filming The X Factor she was living in a treatment facility. She had faced so much yet is being very productive. When asked how she handles everything she stated that she only is told what she must do at that moment. This keeps her from feeling fear knowing that there is too much too do in a single day.
Many with mental illness did not survive and are able to experience this moment. When my brother died last year at 27 it taught me to wake up with a smile. I am joyous that I was blessed with one more day.
It is never too late to start again. You may feel as if you are in a dark tunnel and are battling to find the light. Please know the sun still shines and with hope anything is possible. You are valuable, appreciated and we need your gifts and talents.