I know that I have been quiet on here lately, and this realisation is exactly the reason why. I have been in an unshakable funk for the past few weeks, and I couldn't muster the energy to preach happiness if I wasn't feeling happiness in my life. After tossing around post ideas with my little sister (Hi Sis!) a few weeks ago, she told me to just write and see where I come. I spent a while after that looking for some way to write a post brimming with inspiration and love, but I kept coming up blank. Eventually, I realised that writing about my current feelings might be exactly the therapy I need to get my groove back.
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed lack of focus and direction, jumbled thoughts, loss of interest in my friends and family. I started dreading most of the things that usually bring me joy. I lacked energy. I felt like I was just going through the motions, and it took me a while to realise that what I was feeling was a form of depression. Now, the reason for my sudden de-motivation is unknown, but I do know that I am going to take it as a learning curve, and turn it into a positive experience.
As with anything in life, I think the first step towards any healing is to realise that there is a problem. Knowing myself well enough meant that I realised I wasn't feeling like myself. I had a few people close to me also point out that they had noticed me withdrawing. I was able to pick up the signs, before they lead to potential disaster.
Sometimes, what we need most, is a bit of self love. When we know ourselves well enough to realise that we need help, we can make sure that we are open to receiving that help. Take it easy on yourself, give yourself time and space to work through your emotions. Say 'no' to people, to obligations that would further stress you out. Confide in someone close to you that you are struggling. Take all the time you need to work through the situation, but don't allow yourself to be caught up in it. Analyse it, acknowledge it, deal with it, and then move on.
Spend time on what you love, while you let yourself heal. Indulge in a good cup of tea, read a good book, eat a chocolate, whatever will make you happy in those small moments. Make sure you know that this situation, these feelings you are struggling with, are just temporary, and that they do not define who you are.
Take the opportunity to regroup, and refocus on your goals. Never doubt your self worth, or your potential, not even in your weakest moments.
So remember, happiness may be a choice, but it remains your choice, your battle to fight, to come out on top.
*Disclaimer - this post is based on my personal experience. If you struggle with depression, please seek professional help. You are loved! *