Mental Health

Dear You, Who Might Also Be Depressed

Some blog posts are planned far in advance while others spill from my mind and into my keyboard immediately for you to see. This one is spilling. This one is for the people who feel stuck. This one is for the people who understand depression.

Dear You,

Depression is real. Your pain is real. It is all valid. Please, listen to me: those nagging thoughts of worthlessness, don’t let them too far in. Your pain is valid, but those nagging thoughts aren’t true.

I know this all too well. I understand your pain. The self-doubt creeps in. The worthlessness creeps in. It can feel like the most real thing in the world. It can feel like the only real thing in the world.

All the pain can make us forget that hope is real. We forget. We get covered in all the bad. Sometimes the bad can smother us. It can make us forget the good. It can make us forget the potential for good. This type of smothering forgetfulness terrifies me.

Please, always remember: everything is temporary and hope is real. During depression the badness can seem unmovable and debilitating. But the bad is temporary. The bad will pass eventually. Good will come. The best part: when the good comes, the bad will fade away. The depression and worthlessness will become a fleeting memory. What seems unmovable now will be easily forgotten later. The fog will eventually lift, and there will be sun.

Eventually when the fog lifts, please remember: be kind to yourself. I know and I understand. I understand the shame spiral that follows depression. You don’t deserve that spiral. I understand. I understand if you haven’t showered. I understand if you’ve been ignoring calls and messages. I understand if you haven’t eaten well in weeks. I understand if you’re sore from staying in bed all day. I understand if you had to miss work. I understand if you turned to a bad habit to ease your mind. None of this is your fault. Something happened to you. Something completely out of your control. Depression happened to you. It isn’t your fault. Please, be kind to yourself. Once the fog clears, you deserve to pick yourself up and move on. Please, don’t fall into a shame spiral over something that isn’t your fault. If you need help, reach out for it. If you need time for yourself, take it.

For today, promise me that you will not give up. So much can change in a day. So much can change overnight. Depression and goodness ebbs and flows. If today is tough, hold on: there is amazing potential that tomorrow might be better. You are not alone.

Have I written this letter for you, or for me? Both. The idea came to me just now, as I looked at the tree in my front yard. Today the tree is beautiful and green. Yesterday it looked a little depressed and not very green. It has been a hard winter, especially for that tree. It sat naked, colorless, and cold for months. But today, it didn’t let any of that hold it back. When the time came for it to turn green, it didn’t look back at the lonely winter with shame. It moved forward. This is what I hope for us. When the depression passes, I hope that we can hold our heads high and step into the sun.

Sincerely, Elizabeth

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The day before yesterday.
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Today. 

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dear you who might also be depressed

9 comments on “Dear You, Who Might Also Be Depressed

  1. sharonschwartz2018

    Beautiful ♥️

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  2. Betty Luxmore

    What is it about Spring and episodes of depression? I am crawling on the floor and berating myself because of a temper flare up and unnecessary words spewing from my mouth. Little sleep and extreme tiredness made me very vulnerable but the subject of my wrath did not deserve this. How am I going to pick myself up this time? Words that can’t be taken back by me nor forgotten by my sweet husband. What is it about Spring and my episodes of depression and anger?

  3. This is beautiful and I love that your inspiration for this post came from your tree. Nature has wonderful ways of showing us how to rest and repair and come back with more strength and beauty than ever.

  4. Wow. This is really profound! God bless you for sharing such a critical message that *so* many people need to hear right now. Your message of hope and looking toward the brighter day is well received. Hoping your day today is blessed, beautiful and full of new, fresh joy! ♥

  5. Lisa Lutes

    Thank you this was much needed last night!!

  6. Hi awesome post God Bless You! I must say I’ve been up and down with my anxiety and depression, to the point that I have not been blogging am not giving up though cause I know that God is real in my life, I have been journaling and getting ready to start keeping a wellness planner to keep track of my moods will blog again but for now trying to get myself together 😊

  7. Beautiful post(and beautiful tree)!

  8. katycowans

    I wish my partner had been here for me to send this to. ❤️💙💔 Thank you.

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