I didn't want anyone to suffer in silence, so I'm now a spokesperson for Blueprint for Hope, hoping that others find the courage to treat their depression. Be real with yourself – this is not a fake it ’til you make it type thing. Saying goodbye to negative energy that you have carried with you for years is not an easy task. “Mistakes” sound like a dirty word and I prefer to not use it.The antidepressants were wonderful, even though I had to try a few of them before I found one that worked, and I started to get a sleep schedule in place. It was like nothing I've ever done before, and I had all these preconceived notions of the type of people who went to therapy. I went to a life coach, and we just talked about my schedule and work.I was keeping things bottled up, because I thought I couldn't, or shouldn't, complain when I'm working with families who have so much less than I do.
Each day choose one thing to say aloud that you love about yourself. It could be that you are an amazing friend or a fantastic mamma! Start smaller – perhaps you love your body because of the amazing energy it gives you to be active every day.
I'd bring my cat with me on the road, which made traveling easier.
And, of course, my close friends and family were supportive.
I'd put on a happy face, but behind the scenes, my life was in turmoil.
After gaining 25 pounds and spending six weeks sleeping no more than two to four hours a night, I finally went to a doctor. I thought something was physically wrong with my body.