I've been making dinner most nights for the last few months! Completely winning this part of depression 😁 When times are tough in other ways, I remind myself of the successes that I am achieving at this VERY MOMENT!
I started small and easy with freezer meals. Sometimes I do feel like making things from scratch. Other times I add my own flair to the freezer meals like extra cheese or spices. When you become depressed and end up eating takeaways in the evening and nothing else during the day, you have to eat something, even if it is from the freezer, or a microwave meal. No shame, you wonderful people who have depression! No shame. You are worth it.
I try not to starve>binge. That was my cycle. The above picture is what I choose to do instead. I'm meal planning right now, ready for when I want to jump into from scratch cooking again.
Partners of those with depression... Have patience. Please, have faith. *Try* to manage. YOU are unbelievably strong people. YOU pick up the cards if the deck falls because the deck needs to stay up in order to for the household to still run. You know this, so you do your best. Sometimes it feels like you let things slip. It's *okay*. Your hands are full. So full. Just know, that by walking through the darkness that is depression with your afflicted partner beside you, and not giving up on them, you are helping them not give up on themselves. They are weak, but on this journey, your efforts to prop them up, bring them step by step, closer to the light. They love you deeper than they could love anyone. Know this. As long as they try to help themselves, then you are doing the right thing. Sincerely, they thank you. To my dear husband, this is for you, too.
To the afflicted... keep going. Keep going. Keep going. It's okay. You will get there. Never give up. Even when you feel like you have given up, it is not the end. Keep going. You are worth every breath.
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