For those suffering from depression: don’t give up.

DepressionDon’t give up.

Buy yourself flowers when you feel your ugliest, even if they don’t make you feel beautiful. Cook yourself a meal when you feel hollow and insatiable, even if you can’t feel your body’s welcoming of nourishment. Feed yourself and feed those who depend on you.

Put one foot in front of the other, even if you can’t feel the grass between your feet. Let yourself believe the ground exists below you, and that the earth is holding you, even when your spirit feels detached and anchorless. Don’t float away. Pet your dog when you feel invisible and out of reach. Believe that he/she can feel your hand, even if you can’t.

Bathe yourself when you feel dirty in your soul, and clean your home even if you feel unworthy of its warmth and comfort. Listen to music even if you can’t hear the harmony. Listen to a jumble of scattered notes, reminding yourself that you deserve music.

Your senses will return.

It will pass.

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