The thing about depression

I want to talk to you about depression. I know it doesn’t have a massive amount to do with dresses or corsets. It just felt like the right time to write about it.

Whether you’re a character that posts status updates about the antidepressants they are taking, or a person who suffers in total silence, just because one is voiced and the other is not does not make one case more superior than the other. We all have different ways of communicating thoughts, and feelings, and if we are one of the quiet few, we still need just as much help.

Most of my friends are on (or have at some point been) antidepressants, having CBT, counselling or would say that they have days where they find it hard to get out of bed. In fact scrap that, this applies to most people.

Depression needs to be talked about. Depression should not be a dirty word, and individuals should not feel like they are alone in this. They quite simply are not.

Kindness: that’s what I really want this blog to be about. I want it to be about trying to have the awareness and sensitivity that it may not just be you that is having a bad day, or a bad week or a bad year.  Ask your friend, family member, heck even the person sat on the bus next to you ‘how are you?’ I have started to learn that the mark of being a kind person is how frequently and often we ask this, not just to others but also to ourselves. We are all allowed bad days. We are all allowed short periods of selfishness. We must try to look after ourselves if we are trying to support others.

Depression is part of the human condition. In a world where we are all busier and more demanding than we have ever been before, a simple smile to a stranger or a ‘how are you?’ could make all the difference.

You can’t be everything to everyone all of the time, but I fundamentally believe that you can show kindness allthe time.

You, whoever you are reading this, you are doing a great job. And if you’re struggling, you are not alone.

If you are reading this you have survived 100% of your worst days, and that in itself deserves a round of applause.

Well done ♥