Sometimes they’re just what you need – they embrace you like that warm tight hug that lets you know it’s going to be alright.
They can work wonders. The right ones can help you hold on when you feel like your world is slipping through your fingers; bring you peace when you’re at war with yourself, and comfort you when you wish the hurting would just stop.
When I was at the worst with my depression, I remember so desperately looking for words to stop the pain, to let me know I wasn’t alone, to be my beacon of light in a sea of darkness.
I took screenshots of inspirational quote after quote online, bought a library of coping books, hung word art filled with positive messages on my walls. What I finally clung to – and still return to – are the words I learned during my therapy. They kept me going when I wanted to stop, brought me strength on days I felt too weak to get out of bed, and gave me hope that things really would get better (and they did).
Every therapy session, I pulled out my plain, slightly worn around the edges, white legal pad and wrote down coping statements as I learned them:
Focus on the good
It’s going to be okay
Pages and pages of notes that I’ve started to release in the new Notes to Self collection. I want to share them with you on t-shirts, coffee mugs and pillows. I want the bright colors to lift your spirits. I want the words to give you strength, comfort and light.
And I want the healing to spread. For every purchase from the Notes to Self line, I Choose Beauty will donate 5% of the net proceeds to Mental Health America to educate the public about mental illness and wellness.
Most importantly – if you’re depressed or know someone who is, please get help. Therapy saved my life, and it could be the beginning of your journey to healing. You deserve to feel better.