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?


16 thoughts to “The unlikely benefits of depression”

  1. The internal fight with ourselves is quite possibly the hardest fight of all.
    Big hugs.

  2. 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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  3. 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

  4. 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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