I probably have a unique view when it comes to beating depression.
My personal experience and how I have “gotten myself out of it,” are what I want to share with you here.
What is Depression?
Depression can be mild or severe and somewhere in between. If you wake up in the morning in a fog, with no motivation, and sometimes even a will to not be here any longer, you are likely suffering from depression.
My way of explaining depression is to ask: how much do you express your emotions? As a child, did you feel able to express how you honestly felt, in any given situation?
If I ask you if you describe yourself as ‘stuffing down’ your emotions type, would that sound true for you?
That is exactly what I did… I didn’t express my emotions. I thought that I didn’t have the right to experience them nor share them, so I internalised them, one after the other.
Picture a can, something similar to those cans with the squiggly worm scrunched tightly inside. The worms are packed so tightly that there isn’t any room for more worms to fit inside. That is my analogy of those of us who suffer from depression.
“Depression” is a really good word for it because we have pushed the emotions so tightly inside of us that it has created a depression; a sucked-in space that feels black and hollow.
Why Do We Experience Depression?
I believe that we experience depression because as children, we internalised our feelings. We have told ourselves that we aren’t good enough, unworthy, and unlovable.
When we strongly believe these things, along with not expressing our feelings, it makes sense that our life balance is off-kilter. This is key to understanding
What is it That You Want?
Do you want someone to listen to you? Maybe you wish that someone would just hug you and not let go. Or, if only your family would show you that they love you.
What does the child inside you wish for? If he or she answered the question what would their answers be?
It’s time to understand YOUR depression and what it is that you want.
Notice how and when you feel depressed and then start becoming aware of your pent-up or unexpressed emotions. You may be shocked at just how much you have set aside and how depression has not allowed you to have a life you deserve.
Beating Depression is Possible When You Allow Yourself to Feel.
My own experience of beating depression has been through questioning my thinking about who I was as a child. Questioning my story about who I was, got me to the point of allowing myself to be in touch with my emotions and express them.
This path led to me seeing that I am not who I thought I was.
Expressing my emotions hasn’t always been easy. I felt scared to get back in touch with them and I was frightened that they would engulf me.
And you know what? I was scared, but I allowed myself to feel, and I survived.
I am here to tell you that it is okay to express your emotions. You will be fine and will be taking the first steps towards beating depression.
There isn’t a quick method to resolving years of pent-up emotions, but it is worth it to start somewhere.
You can begin the journey of beating depression and allow yourself to feel alive again!