The first step in recovery, in achieving happiness and balance within is accepting that you are currently suffering; objectively admitting that you are suffering can be difficult, but it is possibly the most refreshing thing you can do.
Acceptance offers you a freedom. A new journey is about to begin, to recovery. Achieving this acceptance can be done a billion ways. For me, it was asking for help from a wonderful service truly dedicated to helping those suffering; Birmingham Healthy Minds.
You do not have to understand why or when or how or any of these details. Yet. These shall all be revealed after you accept that something is happening within your mind. When you are suffering it is difficult to understand that you are not alone, especially in a depressive state as all you feel is loneliness. But here are some statistics to remind yourself that you are in fact in company, what you are feeling is very common in many people.
Here’s a few statistics from various sources:
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
- 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
- Depression affects 1 in 5 olders people
- More than 5700 people in the UK died by suicide in 2010
I am not saying acceptance is easy. I want you to know that it took me 4 years to finally accept something was going on, and before you can say it out loud: write, read, watch, create, listen, exercise, go on walks, see a friend, do something healthy to channel your energy into something wonderful.
Try your best to open up to people you can trust. Talking is a healing process.
Walking into the doctors and asking for help was the bravest and greatest thing I did.
I believe you can get the help that is right for you.
I believe that you will find honest happiness.
The missing ingredient is your self-belief.