I can’t tell you how often I used to tell myself that I couldn’t do something. No one else was telling me this, I just had no confidence myself. I couldn't see that my greatest enemy was me.
When I was depressed, I wanted a quick fix to my issues. Living in a world of immediate gratification, I wanted my problems to go away quickly and simply. After years of looking to others to fix me, I finally turned to the one person that I was avoiding...me.
Strength is not defined as the lack of weakness; strength is defined as the ability to overcome weakness. We are all human and we all have weak moments, but this does not mean we are not strong. It took me a long time to learn this.
When I became depressed, I thought that was my new identity. I was a depressed person. Now I see that I am a complex person who also happens to be depressed. My mental illness is a part of me but it does not define me.
Here are five tools I have used to slow down and reflect on who I am and where I am going. I promise that the more time you dedicate to learning about you the more you will see why you matter. See which work for you!