I Found My Confidence After Depression
When I emerged from my long battle with depression I felt better but not whole. Somewhere in there, I had lost my ability to trust in myself. I had lost my confidence. For a while, it seemed I would always be afraid of slipping back into that hole. I didn't believe I was strong enough to stay out of it. I didn’t believe there was a way to regain my confidence. I was wrong.
I have learned confidence is never truly gone. It is a muscle. My confidence was weakened, not gone. As I began to rebuild my life and find my feet again, my confidence began to grow. In little ways and little moments that were almost imperceptible at the time, to more memorable events that I can look back to now and pinpoint the moment I felt confidence rush through my heart. I found guidance and support and I picked up exercises and tricks to continue strengthening my self-confidence.
Maintaining and growing that trust in myself continues to take work. Life always seems to find a way to present new challenges and new ways of testing the strength of my confidence and they are always scary and uncomfortable. Maybe I think about running away, maybe I even do run away, but with more practice and support I am able to turn myself around and confront the challenge, the uncertainty, and even possible nausea to take one more step into myself.
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