I am recovering from a 9 month spell of intense depression. There were a variety of factors which led me into this state which I want to resolve in future, but for the present moment I want to share some of the ways that my recovery began.
- Facing up to the problem.
The months I spent not fully admitting that I was depressed were extremely painful. The more I admitted that I depressed the more I was able to begin accepting that solutions were available.
- Believing that depression will eventually pass
I have had some very dark moments, but this advice that I read in a book given to me by my mother was what I clung too desperately, and slowly, slowly it is proving to be very true.
- Forgive Yourself
This single idea has probably had the biggest impact on me so far, and has rekindled my interest in esoteric and religious ideas. It is based in a basic principle that there are no good or bad people in the world, just good or bad actions.
- Get help.
After fully admitting the extent of my problem the help and support I received was invaluable. Drugs and, far more importantly, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy have begun to work well; the love and support of family and friends has been incredible and even the support of strangers on occasion has been incredibly uplifting. Seek and ye shall find.
- Get Healthy.
This will be the main subject of my next post and something that is always suggested. however by adopting a much more gung-ho Tony Robbins (and my own peer group to be fair) approach I am really starting to see the benefits of making physical health the cornerstone of mental and spiritual wellbeing.