Question: have you ever thought about the process of getting well? As in, conquering the depression or the anxiety, like a rogue but lovable medieval royal slaying a dragon (obviously I have Game of Thrones on the brain, and I am yet to even watch a full episode)?

News flash, ladies and gentlemen. Getting well is hard. It is a process. And often a long one, at that.

This concept of procedure, following a course or route is so important to understand. The series of treatment or management strategies is completely dependent on the individual case scenario; it could be a course of counseling, and maybe these sessions will be paired with medication, or you may find yoga helps manage your symptoms, after chatting to your GP.

What is common to any approach are steps. Steps are so great. They break down big challenges and make them manageable. For someone with anxiety, the idea of feeling confident again – having the confidence to simply live and be – can seem unfathomable, and a totally daunting prospect. Picture thoughts along the lines of;

“Who is the crazy one here!?? You think I’m going to be able to leave my house to buy a cup of coffee? I feel like the world is falling in when I get out of bed, and you think I’m going to be able to walk down the street to that hipster cafe and buy a coffee? Seriously? EVERYTHING could go wrong if I got down the street. YOU are dreaming.”

In an anxious mind, it is a big leap from the bed to the cafe down the road (yeah yeah, not just literally. That is a physically big leap for anyone). Sounds weird, doesn’t it. But everyday things that mentally-well people take for granted, are often the most difficult obstacles for those who aren’t so well.

This is where those wonderful steps come in!

“The steps don’t say I need to go to the cafe to start with. I can just go to the kitchen. Then I can get back in bed if I want. I don’t even need to change out of my pajamas. Alright.”

Step-by-step-by-step-by-step. Work you way through them, they’re there to be followed. Becoming depressed or anxious didn’t happen overnight, and neither will your recovery. However, you are going to feel so bloody empowered taking that first step. And if you need a hand with that, click here for some names and numbers of people who are here for you.

Oh, and guess what else has steps? Recipes (see what I did there?). More of them another time.


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