Depression and anxiety aren’t something that I talk about often here on the blog, and while I’ve done a lot of work on myself to deal with them, they’re still a very real thing in my life and something that I’ve wanted to discuss more frequently as they arise. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing perfectly perfect everything online and have recently found myself significantly more drawn to more authentic blogs and Instagram accounts. I’m craving that human connection – something that used to go hand in hand with blogging, but has fallen by the wayside as of late. And while I do my best to keep it as real as possible around here there is, of course, a lot that I just don’t have the chance to share.
So while I’d love to tell you that everything was butterflies and rainbows all week long, that’s unfortunately simply not the case. And though I’m well aware that I have very little to complain about*, I found myself dealing with a number of darker days – something I naively thought I had fully under control over the last year or so. After doing quite a bit of soul searching, and going for a long, sweaty, run, I’m definitely feeling a lot better, but know that I still have some work to do. And while I’d never wish either of these things on anyone, I do feel like trials and tribulations are a beautiful part of life – there is no doubt that these battles have made me into a more well rounded, deeper, human with a larger capacity for compassion, and a stronger appreciation for the good days. So here’s to a restful, soulful weekend. And I do hope your week was better than mine! As always, here are a few photos from some of the brighter moments.
*Ironically, when I’m feeling blue and not thinking clearly, it’s this very thought that makes me feel even worse. I convince myself that I don’t have the *right* to feel these feelings as I have so many blessings in my life. Which of course isn’t even partially true, but alas that’s the nature of the beast that is depression and anxiety. Anyone else struggles with this?
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