As I've said many, many times, depression is a hard thing to live with. It's something that will affect everyone around you; your family, your friends, even your co-workers. In the times that you feel so bad that you wonder if you'll every feel normal again, you have to know that you will. When that day comes, it's important to reflect that you have made it. You made it. You know it will come again, but that's not something that you need to think about now. All you need to think about is that you feel like yourself again.
I feel like myself again. I feel better than I have in a long time. I've felt better for a couple of weeks, but it's something that I've held close as if I shared it I would have to give it away. Sometimes I feel like it will just be gone in a second. That is happening less and less as I just take one day at a time. At times I take one minute at a time. That's all I can do when I'm trying to get through something that feels unmanageable. When I think about going through another bout of depression, it feels unmanageable so I don't let myself think about it. Not this minute anyway.
There's no magic potion that I've taken to make it better. Medication is definitely a portion of my "treatment", something that I have vowed to myself will on day be unnecessary. I don't know if that's true, but for now I say it will be. The biggest difference is my sleep cycle and exercise. I am getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night. No more, no less. I wake up within the same two hours (5:30-7:30am) everyday. Even the weekends. Yes, it can suck but it makes a huge difference. With the help of a friend, I have taken up a half-marathon training schedule. I'm running 3x a week and cross training 3x a week. In addition to the weight loss (10lbs!!!!), the energy I feel is freaking amazing. While I haven't felt the runners high (someday I hope), I don't want to give up what I feel when I get back from a run. The feeling of accomplishment is something I can't quite explain.
My life isn't perfect and it's not easy. I've worked hard to get from where I was in May to where I am now. I feel 100% different. I just want people to know that it will get better. Don't give up hope.