Good Evening Dear Reader,
For those of you who read my blog, I would like to tell you that I am in a much better place emotionally. I can tell you that I have gotten out of that depressive episode and I am finally feeling more stable. Of course the possibility of a lapse or relapse is there but as long as I utilize what’s in my mental health toolbox, I should be fine ^_^.
Now, down to the business of writing and trying to help those who may need it. During this summer I have experienced a variety of emotions, pitfalls, and obstacles of the highest order. What have I learned?
1. Loving yourself can be hard work
2. Asking for support from others is also difficult, potentially pride-sucking, and at times fruitless. It is at the same time necessary.
Now, with these two things in mind let me tell you this. I’ve found that these two most difficult paths were necessary to aid in my healing. Things that helped me personally:
-Writing notes with “I love you”, “you’re awesome”, etc. around my apartment
-Having a continuous and daily Facebook chat with 2 very close friends
-Mentally “pausing” when the negative thoughts would occur. If this is difficult (and I know it is) try singing a happy song when you notice the negativity.
So, I mentioned last time that I am starting a 30 Day challenge. Tomorrow marks the beginning of it. I would like you, Dear Reader, to join. For those of you who are deep in the abyss, your challenge can be as simple as telling yourself “Even though I feel this way today, tomorrow will be better”. For those of you who are in a better place, your challenge could be going for a 10-min walk. Being outside when your feeling the symptoms does help. Even if you don’t have the energy to walk, just sit outside for a period of time.
I want to turn this 30 Day challenge into something that can help others. I want to help any of my readers who suffer from depressive episodes and I want to support you the best I can.
If you’re interested, you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/524420244368424/
Also, it doesn’t cost any money or anything. I love my readers and I want to help anyone who needs it. Even if it’s through something as small as this ^_^
I’ll make a separate post for my 30 Day intention a little later.
I hope that I have given you a little encouragement Dear Reader.
I think you’re awesome and I wish many positive feelings come to you when you need it most.
Shannon aka DiaDora (potential pen name)