Depression First Aid
Hi! I’m Catalina. Innie by nature, introvert advocate by choice.
I’m a dreamer. My heart has always and will always find the ability to hope.💓 I love transmitting this energy, this idea that we are limitless and we all can succeed in life, in our own unique ways.✨
Even though my view on life may seem childish or ignorant, I can assure you, I am not blind to the darker aspect. I never deny it, but I often choose to fill my heart with brighter things.
However, today I want to share with you some thoughts regarding d e p r e s s i o n.
Although it has crossed my mind before, I wasn’t going to write on this topic. I am not a professional and I considered it would be more helpful for me not to write a word.😶
But the day before yesterday, someone asked for advice regarding depression and the need to help sparked inside of me. These thoughts came soon after:
If people don’t write about depression, how would anyone know they’re not alone? How would they find out many others used to join them in their numbness? How would they firstly discover there are ways out?💙
As I said, this person asked for advice online. My reply was:
I guess depression is different for everyone, and before you read this, you should know I am not an expert. I don’t know any hocus-pocus cure for you, but I can tell you what helped me.
So…Nothing helped until I CHOSE to focus on what/who I wanted to become, rather than letting myself sink any deeper. I suddenly had this thought that I did not want to live my life in numbness.
That’s the thing about depression : at some point it feels comforting, but it’s a lie. And you deserve better. I strongly believe that at any time, you have the power to start again… stronger. It starts with a decision and it has to be yours.
Similar to anxiety, it is said the first step is admitting the problem and finding exactly what generates it. If you know what has to be changed, then all you need is a plan to get out of it. But this is not something that happens over night. You must learn to be patient and embrace everything that you are.💗
Depression does not make you be flawed or weak. If you ask me, it comes from beautiful acts, like loving too much, struggling hard to achieve something, offering a lot. But this pile of feelings is BIG. So big and messy that it becomes too much and then nothing at all.
Give yourself the right to be angry/upset/down for a while, but don’t make that state your home.
First Aid in case of Depression:
Do something nice for you (treat yourself with delicious food and drinks, relax your mind by reading a book or watching movie, take a long bath, try to sleep well).
Do something nice for someone else. This used to help me a lot, cause I was taking a break from my the mess inside my mind and it was lovely helping someone else.
Surround yourself with people who love you no matter what. Those willing to stay with you in silence and pay for your ice-cream (the last part is optional😂).
Shift your focus from what hurts to all the good things you deserve.
Keep in mind you’re not alone.
When you feel ready, talk about it with someone who can assist you while you win at life.💙
Do you have any advice regarding depression? Feel free to contact me anytime on the contact page, or share your thoughts in the reply section below.
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