The Truth About Depression

The Truth About Depression

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The truth about depression can be difficult to talk about. Every one of us has dealt with a depressing moment in our life. For some of us, it’s a daily and lifelong battle. 

One thing about depression is it is an invisible illness. On the outside, if you look at someone, you can’t tell that they’re depressed. Even our social media accounts can’t be trusted. Nowadays, you can schedule your posts and photos on all of your social media, so if you wanted the truth about what your day is like…it wouldn’t always be there. 

Some people might wonder why someone with depression can help others who have it as well. My answer to that is that’s exactly why I can help. Yes, I am a Life Coach who helps others with depression and anxiety. I also have major depression, agoraphobia, and generalized social anxiety. But that’s WHY I’m able to help.

 

The truth about depression. How to live a life when you can't even leave your house.

 

We all know what’s it’s like to have our good days and bad days. As some of ya’ll already know, I defeated cancer this year and I still battle from being sick all the time. I got hit with a stomach bug and wasn’t feeling well for about two weeks. A close friend of mine had lost her home in a fire and I was determined to rally up essentials for her and her little family. Being sick wasn’t making it easy though. Finally, my hubby had a day off of work so I threw on some yoga pants and a baggy tank top. 

Being sick meant I wasn’t wearing makeup and my skin looked a little too pale. Even paler than what I normally was. I LOOKED sick, but I was stubborn. My husband and I decided to get smoothies since it was freaking HOT out here. Once we ordered our drinks though, the person behind the counter gave me a look-over and then promptly turned their back and started talking about how people never cared about their appearance anymore. 

 

 

It could have meant nothing. Maybe she was continuing the conversation before I had walked in, but all of sudden all I could focus on was what I must have looked like. The tiny roll of fat that was sticking out from my yoga pants, my haggard complexion…

 

 

The rest of the afternoon, I spent the day in bed just reading novels I had, refusing to speak to anyone. I couldn’t even explain it to my husband. I felt ugly, worthless and unable to face reality. The next day, we had plans already with some friends of ours to go swimming and to see the new Spiderman movie. I still wasn’t feeling my best but we had had these plans for a while. 

 

Putting on a swimsuit was the last thing I wanted to do. Still, I did it. And can I just say that the primer I used lasted through swimming and the movies ALL day?! I was kinda impressed by that. The whole event felt odd. I was trying to stay positive and not show how I was feeling. To be honest, I was grateful when the night ended and I could just curl back up in my yoga pants and read some more. 

The truth about depression is that yes, it’s hard. It’s worse than crap on toast. It doesn’t matter if you don’t actually have “anything to be depressed about.” Depression is real. And it REALLY sucks. 

My suggestion is that it’s okay to take the time you need for a self-care day. You don’t have to go out in public. Might be better if you don’t. 

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Remember that what works for me, might not work for you. I’m here to show what I’ve done to combat depression. For me, reading fanfiction novels and binge Netflix was my cure.  I would love to hear your stories and what has worked for you. What are your truths? 

As always, keep smiling lovelies. 

 

P.S…Here is my makeup look that is still intact after a day of swimming! It’s hard to tell but even my eyeliner didn’t budge. 

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24 Comments

  1. I suffered terrible post partum depression and had bouts before and still have periods now where I have to be careful. People who don’t suffer just don’t get it. Even now when I am feeling low my mother will say things like. “are you over yesterday?” Like I can flip a switch. It takes strength and perseverance with professional help to develop the tools to get through these times.

    1. As a teen, I was told several times that I needed to just “get over it”. So I understand that. It does take so much perseverance and strength to battle our mental health. Every so often, I will still go check in with my mental health doc just to make sure I’m staying on the right path. We’ve got this though! We’re gonna win this battle!!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I wish people understood how their casual remarks can impact people with depression. It would be nice if more people took the time to think about what they say, and how it might be interpreted, before they say it.

  3. I agree that depression is a very real, even though some people don’t acknowledge it for what it is. I also believe I suffered from mild post-partum depression though my doctor disagreed.

  4. First of all: Yay! Someone else shares their thoughts about a complete taboo-topic to talk about!

    I completely feel you. And the quote in the picture “Depression is living in a body that fights to survive and with a mind that tries to die” this really got to me.

    I do also write about the daily challenges about mental disorders, especially the ones I personally suffer from as well. I try to help, just like you! I’m glad to have found someone who does the same thing! 😀

    I wish you the best!

  5. I think everyone’s “fix” or aid looks different depending on your personality and case of depression. I’m glad you found something that worked for you. “Getting over it” doesn’t really ever happen, instead you learn to live with it, cope and recognize when you need to step back/self care/ask for help

  6. Depression is very real and it’s good to different aspects of it to help others!

  7. People are always walking on egg shells when talking about this subject, it’s good to have an open discussion and help people find ways to cope that work for them

  8. Wow that quote is a very accurate depiction of what depression is like. I think people are just widely misinformed about the reality of depression and they don’t understand the struggle behind it. They think people with depression are just “sad”, but it’s much deeper than that!

  9. It definitely shows the strength you have. Suffering with depression but still pushing those feelings aside to help others. You are definitely making the most of it. Very inspiring!

  10. Depression can be one of those subjects people avoid. I love reading your posts and I love how you bring such an important issue to light! Keep up the great work!

  11. Some days I feel this way, but it’s part of this human experience. We are meant to go through the whole spectrum of emotions.

  12. I suffer with this but thankfully not all the time my heart goes out to those who suffer with it daily. It’s so important to keep the conversation going but also realise you are never alone.

  13. Depression can certainly be tough and you have to find what works for you – so glad you have!

  14. Thankyou for writing about this! One of my family members has severe depression and have witnessed other family members telling them to get over it and it drives me crazy! I wish more people could open up about what they are going through and more people could be understanding!

  15. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I’ve gone through something similar myself and people don’t understand it from YOUR point of view, it can’t just be snapped away.

  16. First of all, I am so sorry that you are experiencing this. It’s such a rough illness to have to deal with. Secondly, you are incredibly brave for talking about it. You are helping others with the same issue feel open and free to share. Awesome job!

  17. I have also shared personal experiences with depression in my blog, so I give you lots of credit for having the strength you have. Depression is something I’ve been dealing with since I was a young girl. It’s totally invisible, and while others believe it’s “just a phase”, it takes so much work and effort to really snap yourself out of it. The one thing that has always helped me is writing, and that’s why I started a blog. The words flow so easily for me, and I see they do for you as well!

  18. Depression can be dangerous if not recognised or understood. It’s sad when people don’t think before hurting others.

  19. Thank you for sharing. This was very informative.

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