Overcome Depression

When I look back on my recovery from depression I realize the importance that my self confidence or lack of it at times had in determining my recovery. Many people think and believe that confidence is a personality trait that a person has or does not have. The reality is anyone can develop self confidence if you are willing to work at it.

Having confidence gave me the freedom to start and continue living the life I had being dreaming of! Everyone admires a person who is confident and as my confidence grew I started to notice that people were starting to admire me and compliment me for who I was and what I was achieving. When you are confident you are able to solve any problem that presents itself. Confidence is far greater and more powerful than circumstance.

Everyone has a certain level of confidence and you can build on what you already have. I suppose ultimately confidence is knowledge. Confidence is all about having faith in yourself. That is why people with inferior academic ability often pursue their dreams over and above others who are more intelligent.

The more knowledge and understanding you have about yourself the greater the confidence. This is extremely relevant to anyone who is trying to manage and overcome depression. Knowledge and understanding of yourself will give you the confidence to understand your depression and seek help to start on the journey to recovery. Confidence will give you the faith that you will recover often against all the odds. I truly believe that knowing and understanding myself helped me greatly to recover from depression.

It helped to pick myself up when I had disappointments and when my recovery was slow. Ultimately it helped me to make a recovery against all the odds. I believed I was destined for something better in life than my depression. This faith in a better future for myself fueled my desire to get better. It helped me to try harder every time I had a set back. It made me cry profusely when I had a setback and spurred me on to continue my journey to recovery. I was consumed by my recovery. A hellish life of depression which I had being experiencing for years was the motivation for my recovery.

I wanted the life I could see other people living. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life hating myself and sleeping my life away. When I was in the depths of depression I stayed in bed for long periods as a way of coping with having a non eventful life. The other way I coped was through my eating disorder, bulimia. Bulimia passed many boring hours for me. The binge purge cycle often took hours to complete and then I would be exhausted and back to the bed again.

So my advice to you is to check your self image, confidence is an inside job. Check your strengths and weaknesses. Make a list of them. Learn to develop your strengths and manage your weaknesses. Lastly always look for the good in others and compliment them for their goodness. This ultimately is a reflection of the good that is in yourself. Remember real confidence turns dreams into reality and that is the kind of confidence you need to work towards.