Shared Stories of Depression - Michael's Depression
Posted Feb 26 2012 12:00am
Through my Facebook group I have had many people share their stories with me. Today I would like to share Michael's story with you.
I haven't had depression in a very long time but since xmas 2011 I am in a dark place and can't seem to shake it. A few triggers may have started it, my first xmas without my mum and not having a good relationship with the rest of my family. Since January 1, I haven't had a drop of alcohol which is a personal triumph but hasn't helped my darkness, I thought it would've had me jumping out of my skin, but no.
Today's a particularly dark day. I had to drag myself to the gym then do some shopping but the whole time I was craving the sanctuary of my couch, hopefully some lightness soon.
Blogger's Note: When reading Michael's story, a number of things resonated with me. I always find Christmas difficult, despite having a good relationship with my family. It's just a hard time. I once felt the pull of alcohol as a means of medicating my depression. But for me it just makes it worse.
I want to congratulate Michael for going to the gym! I know I need to do that more often - I need to drag myself outside or to the gym and work out. Even if it doesn't make me feel better at the time, I know it is good for me and eventually it's benefits will be more evident.