Day 6. On depression

Day 6. 19 Days to go before Christmas.

Tea: Organic North African Mint (Green Tea)

On depression

I don’t like writing about my depression. Not because it makes me more depressed but because opening up about the state of my mental health has always been a difficult thing for me. But I think it’s important to talk about it especially during the holidays. I know from experience that this time of the year can be difficult for most people with depression and anxiety. It’s all the more difficult when you’re away from your friends and loved ones. Two of my favourite coping mechanisms when I was living in Baguio was pigging out at Ate Terry’s lovely café in Bakakeng and going on weird and a la soul-searching walks around TechnoHub or Camp John Hay. It was all about occupying myself with other things so that I forget the “other thing”, which I have to say was really stupid. But people deal with depression in their own ways. I guess mine involved getting food, the woods, and putting a smile on my face even though I’m dying inside.

For most people, it’s hard to understand what depression is. A lot think that it’s just a state of being sad or moody, but it’s far from that. It’s not really that easy to explain either because it comes in different shapes and forms. Depression is that one evil that doesn’t have a face and lives within you. It doesn’t choose the people it latches itself onto. It doesn’t discriminate based on one’s race, gender, or social status. That’s why it’s important to let people know with depression that they’re never alone, that they matter, and that they’re stronger than their own demons. ♥️💪🏻 #DAVIDsTEA #Christmas #tea #depression

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