For those who do not know me yet, I’m Beth. Over the last few months I have shared my struggle with depression and anxiety on social media and have had friends encourage me to start a blog. So here I am. To be honest I am a little terrified. This feels like a lot of pressure for someone who could barely get out of bed a few weeks ago.
I am a big believer in publicly sharing my struggles with mental health because through the years when things kept getting worse and my world was getting more and more dark I felt so alone and was sure that I was the only person that felt this way. When I started sharing I had countless people reach out both publicly and privately to share their similar experiences and all I could think was “why don’t we talk about this?” For once I did not feel alone. I did not feel like some kind of freak. I did not feel like an ungrateful jerk who couldn’t be happy with all of the amazing things I have in my life. So many people have gone through the exact same thing. And their shared experiences gave me hope that it gets better. They helped me have the courage to get out of bed and keep moving forward. They gave me the strength to try another day.
My hope is that my oversharing and brutal honesty can help another human who is struggling. I hope that we can make these kinds of talks more normal. That we can stop the stigma associated with mental health. At the very least I want to create a community of hope and love for those who struggle like me. A place to share our struggles but also to share our triumphs. Whether it is getting the dishes done, or going for a walk outside, or even if it is just getting out of bed and showering today.
So join me. We’re all crazy here ❤