One of the most important parts of recovery from mental health disorders is knowing that you’re not alone and that others feel the same things that you do. In no particular order, here are my favourite blogs that write about depression.
While not strictly about the experience of mental health, Always Well Within has loads of great coping strategies and ways to get to know your own noggin. Sandra Pawula created Always Well Within for “deep-thinking, heart-centred spirits who seek greater ease – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”
Sounds good to me.
She is a writer and mindfulness teacher and wants to help you get to the root of your problems.
I think that’s why I like her so much. This ain’t no light and fluffy blog, her posts tackle the stuff you’re probably scared to talk about like letting go, being vulnerable and actually feeling your feelings.
Scary stuff, I know, but Sandra informs from a place of love and it comes through in her writing.
She has so many great posts, but here are some of my favourites:
I love the concept of a brain dump! I actually did one after I read this article, and let me tell ya, it helped a lot.
These tips talk a lot about mindfulness and anchoring yourself in the present. That’s so important when dealing with mental illness. The most interesting concept, though, is the “Resilient Zone.” Having a mental and spiritual home base to come back to is so vital.
Ugh, I have a love/hate relationship with posts like this.
On one hand, it is incredibly thoughtful and useful advice that I will definitely be incorporating into my life.
On the other hand, I honestly feel so called out right now.
I do not let my dramatic depression thoughts control my life. Nope. Not me. Definitely not. Ahem.
So TalkSpace is actually an online therapy service, but their blog is amazing.
There’s so much useful stuff on there, guys.
All of their posts are organized in categories and have tonnes of different voices contributing to the conversation. I would say that their posts are mostly educational, which is super helpful when navigating your mental illness.
Here are the posts that taught me the most:
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time knowing which traits are depression and which are me. I find that knowing the science behind it helps me to differentiate the two. On days when I think I’m the worst, laziest, most garbage-est human on the planet, it reminds me that it’s not me, it’s depression.
Your body is a delicate ecosystem so it checks out that your guts, which some call your second brain, have such an effect on your mental health.
Suicide and the physiological ‘why’ are topics that are not often discussed at length. The obvious tragedy and speculation about the mental ‘why’ usually dominate the conversation. This post talks about the nature of depression and how it sometimes leads to someone taking their own life.
This blog has so much amazing information about depression. With over 20 years of backlog, there are loads of helpful hints and ways to deal, whether it’s you or someone you love with depression.
The author starts with diagnosis and guides you through coping techniques, treatment options, how to go about your daily life and how to help someone else with depression.
The author themselves lives with major depression and has a background in journalism, so you can bet that their work is easy to read and informative.
The website art is really cool, too.
Here are a couple of great articles:
Managing to keep your face on at work can be difficult even when you don’t have depression. I know there are many times that my mental illness has interfered with my performance at work, and by extension, my work history. This post suggests that maybe being honest with your boss about what you’re dealing with can be good for you.
Oh boy, oh boy, do I love cocooning. My home is my happy place and I will always promote making it cozier.
This post is so relatable! I feel so thankful knowing that I’m not alone in these behaviours. This is also a great article to share with your loved ones if they’re having a hard time understanding what you’re going through.
Little Blog of Positivity is exactly like it sounds: sunny, encouraging and kind.
It’s not strictly about mental illness, but her posts will help you gain a more positive outlook on life. You can’t go wrong with a positive outlook.
An amazing, comprehensive guide to DIY confidence. She opens the post with the actual definition of confidence and it really helped me put things in perspective. One of the meanings she presented, “the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something,” reminds me to have faith in myself.
The mind is a powerful thing, but sometimes you can find hacks to master it. The author uses personal experience to teach us how to kick our subconscious mind’s butt! In a loving way, of course.
Sleep: my nemesis and best friend. This post teaches you how to conquer it once and for all. As a chronic bad sleeper myself, I can attest to the efficacy of these methods.
The best thing about Depression Army’s bog is the plethora of voices speaking about their experience with depression. Their blog is full of real experiences eloquently written by real people. I stumbled upon them when I was feeling particularly low, and it was comforting to know that I’m not alone.
Therapy works, you guys. Seriously. It’s okay to ask for help.
Too real, man. Too real.
The author of this post speaks with such an authentic voice and talks about a lot of things most of us experience on a daily basis. She talks about the constant fear of not being good enough, and the demons potentially beneath the floorboards and the “normal person costume” that is fraying around the edges for all of us. But in the end, she shows us there is hope for recovery.