Written for ‘SheCanMagazine‘ where Jodie Moone is a Wellness Contributor.
Date Written: March 2021
The World Health Organisation reports depression is one of the most common illnesses worldwide. More than 264 million people are affected. On the one hand, we cannot disagree that depression is debilitating, and the leading cause for the rise in suicides, but there’s more to the symptoms than we see depicted.
Having had depression and anxiety simultaneously, I wanted to share the many ways I have found it has helped me to become successful.
Stronger & Accepting
People always describe depression as a fight, but in my experience, it’s about acceptance. Calling it a fight means we have to work ourselves up to a battle, making it feel harder to gain control of.
Accepting my depression has allowed me to stare into the eye of the very thing which has crippled me and tell it I’m going to climb out of the hole. Depression had filled me with fear, telling me I was nothing, and distorted the life I had, making only the bad shine through. But, when I accepted its existence and worked to find the root of it, I found myself with the courage and strength I never knew I had.