Depression is quite common, affecting around 10% of U.S. adults; that's just what's reported. The numbers might lead some to believe that because it's such a common ailment, it can't be that big a deal.
Struggling with depression is not simply an inconvenience; it can rule your life.
I've dealt with clinical depression since I was in high school. It was only a few years ago that I was finally able to take my power back. I realized that it was small actions I didn't even realize I was doing every day that kept me in the darkness. When I changed them, my whole world changed with it!
Here are three of the top offenders when it comes to your fight with depression, and how to stop doing them and empower yourself to win the battle, once and for all. Keep in mind that these are not the only ways to combat depression, as medication and talk therapy can be helpful as well.
1. Arguing for your depression
When you're struggling, it's easy to lose sight of how strong you truly are. You might catch yourself repeating things like, "I'm really struggling," or "I can't," or maybe even, "What's the point?"
While admitting your struggle is the first step to recovery, repeating these negative statements over and over again convinces your mind that they're true.
Instead of arguing for your darkness with negativity, try turning it around to remind you of your inner strength. Restructure your thoughts to empower yourself, not to give in to the darkness. Here are some examples: