Overcoming Depression doesn’t happen in one day or a week, usually is months and even years of hard work and effort towards a Depression free life. In my situation – after living with Depression for around 12 years I keep overcoming Depression and getting pulled back by it over and over again.
Although counselling has helped me to reach out of the depths of Depression – it hasn’t abandoned my side. Depression keeps paying a visit when I least expect it, especially when I am the most vulnerable and stressed.
There are times where I keep finding myself snapping out of nowhere over the silliest things, getting talked down by Depression and sadly, listening to it.
But having overcome Depression before – I don’t give up anymore. I grab myself in the very same moment and tell myself that I am not going back to that darkness.
I have shared a post with you some time ago about How to seek Help when you are suffering from Depression? I took my own advice and had to read my own words on multiple occasions to remind myself that there is always a way to fight this bundle of stress and sadness. I have followed each and every step so why does Depression keep knocking on my door?
Everyone needs consistency and a healthy routine in their lives, especially people suffering from Depression or anxiety of any kind. Although I have a great daily routine and I try to organize everything I can (in a healthy way) – Depression still finds a small gap to get itself through to my life and so I have always felt like I needed something more effective to fight this powerful misery until I came across Gratitude and Mindfulness.
I started reading articles and blogs stating all the benefits of Gratitude and Mindfulness but I was never quite sure of how does it work or how could I make it work for me until one day an amazing blogger Alison Canavan who has overcome years of Depression herself announced a 30 day Gratitude Challenge which she encouraged everyone to join, share their experiences and spread the positive message of the importance of gratitude in our daily lives – read more about it here.
A challenge at first seemed quite simple but there were times when I found it to be the most difficult.
Waking up each morning and thinking of 3 things I am grateful for was challenging, enjoyable and a real eye opener. It made me realize how far I have come and how lucky I am to have everything I have today (and it’s not even the material things) and how I should just take a moment each day to simply enjoy the things I am really grateful for.
Each time I snap I quickly remember to be grateful for my partner’s patience who calmly puts up with it and helps me to get through whatever puts me in that situation.
Each morning when I see my sons smiley face I am grateful to have a healthy boy and I appreciate all the love he gives me – especially when I am feeling down.
Every night when I go to bed I feel grateful for having my close friends who have become a family to me and for being able to reach out to them whenever I struggle.
Each day when I go to work I am grateful for people believing in me and giving me an opportunity to prove myself in my dream job.
When things go wrong or if I have a bad day – Gratitude always fixes it and makes me realize that there is always something good in our lives even on the worst kind of day.
One day I overslept for work and even though I felt a bit panicky about being late for work – I chose to be and feel grateful for an extra sleep which I really needed.
A small thought of Gratitude can change your whole day for the better and most importantly – keep Depression away.
So is the Gratitude another cure for Depression? For me it certainly is!
It’s almost like an antidepressant which works instantly and has no side effects only positive outcome.
Although I have now completed the 30-day Gratitude challenge, I will not stop on the day 30… that’s just a start of a mindful and Depression free life.
“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present oriented.”
― Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
“How would your life be different if…you began each day by thanking someone who has helped you? Let today be the day…You make it a point to show your gratitude to others. Send a letter or card, make a call, send a text or email, tell them in person…do whatever you have to do to let them know you appreciate them.”
― Steve Maraboli, The Power of One