The unlikely benefits of depression

The unlikely benefits of depression

I love to look for the silver lining and I have come up with the unlikely benefits of depression that I have found to be true for me. This does not take away from the fact that it is horrendous, but now I am for the most part out the other side, I like to look at some small positives I have found through my depression journey.

  • I now have a new kind of appreciation for the good days, I never know when it could all be sucked away again, so I do appreciate when things are going well and I am feeling mentally strong.
  • I am much more in touch with my emotions than I ever was before. I now know all emotions are needed and valid and that I should never be ashamed or try to hide them.
  • I’ve talked about this before and I think it is one of the most important things I have learnt, which is empathy. Depression has changed my outlook in life and taught me not to judge as we never know someone’s personal battle. I have great empathy and now regard it as one of my best attributes.
  • I have taken time to find what gives me joy in life. I have had to work out what makes me happy in life and have found some hidden talents that I might not have ever discovered otherwise.
  • I have bonded with friends and made new friends on a different level. To talk about depression is something very personal and by talking about it I have found some amazing people.
  • I have learnt not to hide emotions anymore. I was very good at hiding who I was out of fear of making someone else uncomfortable. I have found new ways to express my emotions in a healthy way which has made me better at communicating.
  • I am always looking at new ways to make myself happy. I know how easy it is to get sucked back into depression so I am always aware of trying to keep myself busy and happy.
  • If and when depression creeps back into my life, I now know I have survived depression which inspires me to fight it again.
  • I can help someone else by showing them that they are not alone in this battle and that you can survive it and also flourish.
  • I have now proven to myself that I am a fighter and that I am incredibly strong. To fight a battle with your own mind is one the toughest and I am pretty proud of what I have achieved.
  • I no longer take sleep, health, exercise and diet for granted. I now know that  it is important to focus on these and that they make a huge difference in your mental wellbeing.

What has depression taught you?

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14 thoughts on “The unlikely benefits of depression

  1. As someone who has also struggled with depression over the years, I hear you on every single one of these points and I love that you are seeing the positive in something which can be so debilitating. Being in touch with your emotions is so important and you are absolutely a fighter. You should be so proud of yourself for that. Thank you for sharing #GlobalBlogging
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  2. I felt a bit sick coming here to read this because I have seen posts like this before, and the just romanticise the idea of depression but actually you are right. I, too, agree that I have proved to myself how strong I am and sometimes i can be amazing. you go, girl! #globalblogging

  3. Great post. I too have learned from depression: I am louder than my inner voice. I am stronger than I ever knew. I provide value. I can empathize with myself as I do for others. Gratefulness, for every day, every moment. Living in the present. Thank you for the post! Look all that I know! Wow! #DreamTeam xoxo
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