Being a twenty something with the expectations that we have on ourselves is a nightmare but a reality that we all have to go through. For most of us, the stress becomes too much to handle at one point or another. No person’s life, no matter what Instagram tells you, is perfect and we all break down from time to time. If we are told to bottle it up, to push through it, to keep moving without a break or the time to decompress, our minds will unravel eventually. Sometimes the decompression of stress, anxiety, depression is too much to take and we need to learn how to cope in a healthy way in order to recover and get better. We need to learn how to accept help.
Much to what your subconscious may tell you, keeping your emotions bottle up inside is extremely unhealthy. We as human beings cannot abuse ourselves by taking on more than we can take and not giving our brains a break. We need to get help for the issues that we have going on in our lives sometimes, and I don’t just mean talking to a friend. Expressing what is going on in our lives with a friend is a great first step and can work for the small stuff, but when it comes down to serious depression and the shit that we have kept down for years, our friends aren’t who we should be relying on to help us heal.
Our friends are our allies and of course they want to do their best to help us recover and not be sad anymore, but for the most part they aren’t licensed and trained in helping us truly get to a place of recovery. They can tell us all the advice that we want to hear, but sometimes it isn’t enough.
We should feel comfortable seeking professional help when times get really tough or if we just want someone to vent to, because it’s ok. It’s actually more than ok; it’s an amazing thing that you can do for yourself. No one should feel embarrassed or ashamed of seeking out professional help, because everyone is human and everyone is going through shit in their own lives. If you have the chance to better yourself and commit to taking care of your mental health, then you should be acknowledged for taking that brave step. You deserve to be happy, to get better, and to love who you are and the life you are living. And there is nothing wrong with pursuing a healthy outlet to support your transition out of the void that is depression.