Sometimes, the only thing that will move a desire along is by adopting a motto.
What it feels like to not feel like doing the things I want to do.
There is nothing I desire from life that will come by filling my time with shoulds and busyness.
One of the great perks of writing about my depression has been the connections I’ve made with others in the same space. One of these new friends is Kristian Hall. Kristian suffered through 11 years of depression as a teenager and student. He was able to overcome the illness by way of science-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology. Kristian is on a mission to help as many as possible to overcome depression. On his blog, kristianhall.com, you will find tips and techniques you can follow on your own path out of the illness. Kristian has also written several books, including his latest: 14 Steps to Happiness, which is a comprehensive science-based program to overcome depression. I’m pleased to offer you Kristian’s story, written in his own words, in today’s special article.
It’s hard to think about desire when it seems the world is upside down and inside out. But - what if we could think about desire not as productivity, but as keeping the littlest of sparks in us alive?
The first step in anything big and scary is usually rocky. It looks huge. My perfectionism convinces me I can’t take that leap, but look over here, here’s a safe thing you can do instead that is guaranteed to go well and you won’t trip and fall.
What does my perfectionism feel like? Like a pinch in the stomach Like a building up of pressure Like guilt Like shame Like fear Like a worm