What have I learned from my depression?

I’ve learned that I am not perfect. I’ve learned that I am not alone as I have friends, family and God with me in this and through this. I realize I can be thankful…I know this sounds crazy…but be really thankful for the depression and anxiety as it has humbled me. It has made me realize all the good things I have in my life. That I’m not alone, but loved as a person who I am right here and right now, as I am. I don’t have to be perfect or faultless to be loved and accepted.

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I think this is one of the biggest failings in life today…that we need to feel totally put together. But as I get to know other people…even famous people, they are…we all are imperfect people, going through an imperfect life doing the best we can with what we’ve got.

Thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interlinked…if I can change my behaviour and thoughts, that will change my feelings as well. So I take my dog out for a walk and be grateful for the snow if it’s snowing outside. If it’s sunny, I’m thankful for the beauty and warmth of the sun…the trees, grass, flowers, birds, etc. By getting outside I’m affecting my behaviour…by being grateful I’m affecting my thinking…which in turn affects my feelings. And gratitude releases DHEA which helps to remove cortisol from the body and makes you feel good. So I try to be grateful as much as I can.

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