Ugh. One of the worst parts of having depression is that sometimes, for no reason at all, everything stinks. This happened to me last spring. It started with being a bit tired/unmotivated. A month later, I realized I had neglected housework, the yard, and things I am usually passionate about - like this blog. At the same time, I felt completely overwhelmed. by. everything. I got through it with a lot of rest, time, support from friends, love from my family, and learning not to be so hard on myself. I am working on my gratitude, and seeing the blessings present in my daily life as a way to beat depression, including opening myself up to new friendships and opportunities.
As we gear up to begin a new school year, I just want to remind myself (and all of you) to be gentle on yourself and each other. We truly don't know what personal struggles each other face, and we need to be mindful.
Teachers are a resilient bunch, and I am no exception. I am hoping that reducing my hours (again) and spending more time with my family and friends will keep me on an even keel. Unfortunately, since I don't feel right taking medical leave, it means a bit of increased stress financially. It is scary, but what is life without a bit of risk, right?
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