Today I want to share with you the reason why I started a mental health blog, YOU! I wish for you to know you are not alone. Depression is a real and stark reminder of the frightening lack of control we have in the grand scheme of things. I blog, not from the vantage of having figured it all out, but as a survivor who is learning to advocate for her mental health.
I call it writing into the ache.
By sharing my struggle, a little space opens for me to meet you in whatever you are going through. And in the course of a moment we both can feel a little less alone.
When I was first diagnosed with depression, I began to write into crux of my despair. This personal journaling process opened up a dialogue around the things I could and couldn’t control. My journal pages offered glimpses into how depression was impacting on the way I felt about myself and my value in life. Looking back, those years are heartbreaking. I felt like a helpless observer watching everything I worked so hard for fall away. A career in fitness. A fit, healthy body. A fun, active lifestyle and social life. What followed was a time of indefinite grief and loss for the woman I once was.
As I came to terms with my diagnosis, my mental-health gradually improved. That’s when I began to see the value in sharing my experiences.
The foundation of this blog is built on providing a refuge for those of us with depression to feel safe and encouraged, But the core of this blog is about recognising your true worth. Depression has a subtle tendency of wearing you down, eroding self confidence and preventing you from doing the things you once loved. Out of my struggle I’m learning how to champion and care for myself through the bad days, and make the most of the good days.
My vision is to create a growing resource that empowers you to move through struggle, so together we can free up some energy and focus on effective ways to boost mental-wellness.
I hope you’ll pop in to read my blog both when you’re feeling low, and on your good days too. I’ll do my best to bring you helpful, simple tools, articles and free resources to help boost your mental health.
Always remember: Depression, anxiety and chronic illness pushes the limits of what you think you can endure, but it also can reunite you with the invisible, untapped power of your heart.
Always remember: depression does not define you, it is a serious disease that can occur at any time, to anyone. While some people are able to manage and have functional days, others may struggle to function at all. Please if you are feeling unwell, seek immediate help and support. I’ve put together a list of numbers you can call here.
Thank you taking the time to read this today, I hope there’s something that encourages you and maybe inspires you start your own journaling practice.