February 20, 2014
Depression is one of the most difficult illnesses to recover from, because the very nature of depression saps you of your motivation. When the whole world seems bleak and you're constantly exhausted, taking the necessary steps to get to a better mindset may seem impossible.
People who take the initiative to recover are incredibly strong. Recovery can be a long road that requires a lot of continued strength and patience, but the end results are incredibly rewarding. Even if you're in the throes of depression that seems never-ending, you have the potential to live a healthy and safe and rewarding life.
One of the most important aspects of recovery is external support. It's easy to lose sight of your goals, and to lose faith in your own recovery. This is where the help of others comes in. The best thing to do is to find a professional to speak to, but if you don't have access to medical care, there are other places you can turn. Trusted friends and family members are the next best option. Internet support groups abound, and of course there's our own website if you ever need someone to listen.
Creating a support network - reaching out and being able to say, "I'm having a tough time today, I need your care" - is essential. You don't have to struggle with depression alone, and you don't have to recover alone. There are people who are willing to help, whether they're people close to you or strangers on the web. Though it may not seem so at times, humanity has a great capacity for compassion. You are not alone.
When first recovering, the key is to start small. Simple daily goals, such as eating three meals or taking a shower, are the best place to begin. You don't immediately have to move mountains. When you're mastered the simplest goals, you can move on to bigger ones.
By, Katie MacEachern
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