"Each day, the baby steps that carry me through, moment by moment, are getting longer. Right now, I focus on moving through one hour at a time. Now that I have surrendered and accepted help from the staff, I have begun to participate in life once more, and I am feeling stronger each day. However, the tension in my jaw and the continual headaches worry me. Physically, I still feel weak, but that is okay."
I am grateful for depression, for it has taught me that this moment is really all that I have.
At one point, it took all my focus, intention, and attention to simply focus on one minute at a time. What may seem simple to others, can be overwhelming to a person in the depths of depression.The overwhelm is somewhat lessened when you simply focus on one second, one minute, and one baby step at a time.
Negative thoughts attempt to fill your mind; they will squeeze their way through at any opportunity. When a negative thought appears, simply say, "Thank you, I don't need you in this moment."
Or maybe thoughts that are fearful for the future squeeze through. When they do, simply say, "Thank you, this moment is what I am focusing on."
It is so important to acknowledge these thoughts. What you don't acknowledge will continue to arise, these thoughts will continue to surface throughout your life in many different ways until you face them. Lovingly acknowledge any negative thoughts and be grateful for them, as they are serving you in some way. And then, let them go! Bring yourself back to this moment. For you can, and you will, get through this.
Hugs & Love,
Lee Horbachewski has delivered her message of courage, hope and inspiration as a speaker to thousands of people. Although not currently practicing, Lee is a certified professional coach through Erickson College International. Through her personal experience and many of the people she has worked with, she believes the number one step in starting the healing journey is to feel heard, loved, and accepted—beginning with self. She is a quiet strong voice of hope, inspiration, and authenticity for millions of people impacted by mental illness. Lee lives with her husband and two daughters in Calgary, AB, Canada.