When you’re going through a depressive episode, you feel it’s going to last for the rest of your life. This is in fact what makes depression so crippling and devastating – the thought that it never ends…
You felt so low that you couldn’t bear the thought of having to go into the world. You no longer had the energy to smile and pretend that everything is fine. You could barely take a bath or clean the house. For days, you felt lost, hopeless, and without any direction in life.
Maybe there was some problem you had to work on from within. This is how depression works sometimes. So you isolated yourself, feeling disrupted, lonely and eating your emotions.
But things started to come around for you and you somehow overcame the worst part. Once you started feeling slightly better, you realized that this is manageable. That maybe it’s not the end of the world and there is a possibility for you to get your old life back.
Here are 6 jolly signs you are recovering from a depressive episode:
1. You’re trying to socialize again
You feel like you can finally go out again, see friends, have a chat about what you’ve been going through. This is a real sign of improvement since talking about it will make you feel even better.
2. Your eating habits have changed
Your relationship with food has begun to change because you no longer cling to food like it’s the only reason to live. Or if you couldn’t stand it because you felt nauseous, you’re eating properly now because it doesn’t make you feel sick anymore.
3. You have more energy
This is a key ingredient because it’s low energy that keeps you confined to bed. For the first time, you feel like you could actually get things done. And it’s exhilarating! This is the energy that will help you get back on your feet. And you welcome it with open arms.
4. You take pleasure in simple activities and hobbies again
You can now enjoy even something as simple as getting out of bed and brushing your teeth, or washing the dishes. You are also able to resume the activities you once had but lost interest in.
Maybe it’s painting, yoga or working on a new project – whatever it is, you can’t wait to get started!
5. Your sleeping patterns have improved a lot
Sleep has a different dimension for you now. You no longer go to sleep so you can escape reality and the world. In other words, you have a healthier relationship with it now and you no longer sleep in, for hours.
If you’ve suffered from insomnia, you are ready to say goodbye to those sleepless nights now.
6. You feel weirdly optimistic and hopeful
You suddenly find yourself thinking: ‘Maybe the world isn’t so bad after all’. And changing one thought pattern alone will transform your mood. And then you feel a bit more energized. So you know that you’ve found that little light at the end of your tunnel.
And what an amazing lesson you have learned. You have learned to appreciate life more, you feel grateful now just for being alive and for being able to do all those things you used to take for granted.
You have found meaning again and that makes you happy and makes you feel more connected than ever.