There’s always someone who is looking for a reason to witness tomorrow.
It’s heartbreaking to see stories of people with promising lives who were struggling with depression and eventually get to the point when they decide not living is going to feel better than continuing the fight. As a person who has been on both sides of the story, I know the feeling of being hopeless as well as being a survivor and never wanting anyone else to ever feel like that.
Recently a few friends have come to confide and ask for advice on dealing with depression or anxiety and what will help. Truthfully there is no one thing that will work for every person. Depression isn’t so black and white. In most cases you’ll have to try a few different things to figure out what works for you.
First I usually suggest things that can be done solo and there’s a few reasons for that. I find that even though people know they are struggling, they aren’t quite comfortable with reaching out for psychiatric help or even help from their families. Activities such as writing or drawing or taking long walks can give someone a channel for their anxiety and even get their mind clear enough that they come to the realization that they need to reach out and get the help they need. No matter how much you want someone to help themselves, they will only do something if they want to.
Next is when I suggest reaching out to a doctor, counselor, or even pastor. It is their job to help you. They WANT to help you. Believe it or not, they enjoy witnessing you feel better.
Finally, and probably most importantly, is to be conscious of who you are surrounding yourself with. The people in your life have such an amazing impact. For the good and the bad sometimes. When you have people in your life who want to succeed, that’s when you succeed. If there are individuals in your life who cause more heartache than happiness, then they are not beneficial to you. I’m not saying to cut everyone off who challenges you, sometimes you need the slap in the face from people who love you (thanks McMahon family for mine) to realize your worth. Surround yourself with people who are deserving of your love. It’ll make all the difference in the world.
You’re never alone. I promise. You always have a friend with the initials B.A.M. 😉💚😘.