Ask these questions to yourself very quickly right now:

Do you suffer from severe or occasional depression?

Do you consider being your own worst enemy?

But worst of all:

Do you always live your life trying to fit other people’s standards and not your own?

As Raymond Hull says, “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away,” and it’s very true. Sometimes depression even comes as a result of that.

Step One:

Casually getting a visit to the therapist is a great idea, in a sense, to get access to the different prescription medications that the doctor will write up and recommend. But aside from other people helping you, you should also help yourself. Answer the following questions:

  • Do you know who you are?
  • Are you happy or content with yourself?

Step Two:

You must repeat this to yourself on a regular basis, and make this a part of your daily pattern. “I am in charge of my future, and it is up to me and only me to live my life.” This is an essential for making progress, because you need to be your own role model, and establish your own goals as you fulfill them.

Step Three:

Never, I repeat never be your own worst enemy. In fact, you need to become your own best friend. If you are loved by a ton of other people around you, how could you not take matters into your own hands and love yourself? Yes, it’s true that sometimes people come up to you and say something bad, but don’t let them ruin your day, because it’s their issue that you don’t meet their standards. In other words, don’t lose sight of who you really are…keep that in mind.

Step Four:

Don’t be afraid to speak up for your beliefs. Yes, it can be weird and kind of unpleasant most of the time, but that’s the point. If you act confident, smile through the uncomfortable journey, then people will appreciate you for who you are. Of course they might disagree and pretend that their beliefs are better, but keep a little voice in your head that each time you say that and get made fun of, the voice would say, “Nobody’s beliefs can be better.” In this life, you can only trust yourself, and nobody else.

Step Five:

Live life to the fullest extent and enjoy. Don’t let anyone or anything else take your life from you; such as depression. This is probably going to be the hardest step of all, because it’s easy to say, “Don’t let depression suck you in,” when it’s already too late. What I’m trying to say here is when you let people take advantage of your life, they automatically win. Life wasn’t meant for other people to take control of who you are, although in the end, you and only you get to decide whether you want to live life under someone else’s control, or if you want to live it, and feel the joy of ruling your one and only life.

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