A few years ago I went through a bit of…. depression. It was a really rough time for me and I was too young to know how to help myself (I wasn’t even diagnosed until years later!). I never self-mutilated or even ever thought about killing myself. I just felt dead inside. I didn’t want to live or die.
When I got older I seeked help. Going away to college and talking to a therapist were vital to my recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you are like I was, may I offer one piece of advice: Search for inspiration. Wherever you can. I found mine through these two books.
Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year – Demi Lovato
I bought this book and started a self-help project. Everyday I would make a YouTube video; saying the quote and goal and what it personally meant to me. I kept this up for 3 MONTHS. Which was huge for me at the time. I let myself completely out there. Didn’t care how I looked, if I got emotional. The book is full of inspirational quotes and goals!
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
I started this novel in April of 2014 after hearing news of Jennifer Lawrence to star in a two-part movie adaptation. I remembered an interview of hers saying it was her favorite book. SO I HAD TO READ IT. Going in, I didn’t know just how big of an impact it would have on who I was as a person. I felt like it was written just for me. Plus I was introduced to my favorite word: timshel. East of Eden will forever be my favorite book.
If any of you are ever in need of someone to talk/vent to, I’m always here for you. xo