When you live with depression and anxiety most days you don’t know how your mood is going to turn out. That being said on days like today I am feeling positive and I am enjoying it. I think this is what feeling normal is like so I’m really savoring the moment.
It’s days like today that I really remind myself of how much I have to live for, to keep this in mind (write it down if you need to) then think about or read it when I am having a rough day anxiety or depression wise. I usually include people who care for me (often referring to them name), having a roof over my head, Food on the table.
Sometimes even during the good days it’s hard to do but really dig deep even look at things internally for example (I am thankful for my ability to think outside the box), remember a joke you told? You can be funny right? If you’re still having trouble ask someone who loves you parents, significant other etc. to tell you all the things they value about you. Take these to heart they aren’t saying these things to impress you (they already love you).
I also like to suggest that you use the days you are feeling positive to share the love. I know struggling with anxiety and depression a smile from a stranger can make a world of difference. So take the opportunity to smile at people as you pass them by, even if they are total strangers, you never know what they are going through. I also like to look people in the eyes as often as possible, it makes them feel valued (don’t you find the same?). Finally remember to tell those that you love, that you love them and appreciate their support. They love you unconditionally even when you don’t love yourself.
It’s really important to savor the moment and share the love, remember that if you seek help and keep working at it you can get through the ups and downs of life.
Until we speak again keeping fighting the monster,
– The Survivor