Anyone who has battled depression can appreciate the completion of something that often seems like an insurmountable task.
Little victories are everything.
Example: getting out of bed, going on a walk or having dinner with a friend.
Twenty-six-year-old Jonna Roslund shared her little victory on the popular social sharing site Imgur. The woman from Sweden posted two photos of her bedroom. One before she cleaned it, and one after, celebrating the strength she found to accomplish one of those seemingly impossible tasks.
In the post titled, “Me:1, Depression:0!” Roslund wrote:
“I suffer from severe depression and have a really hard time with cleaning and doing other kinds of household work. My room have been this messy for several months because I can’t push myself to take care of it. But this Friday I decided to finally do it!”
Three days later…
“You can finally see that I have a floor! Say hi to my teddy Nalle on the bed!
I know it’s not a big victory, but for me it means the world to just be able to have my door open if people come over.
I feel so at peace right now.”
People who suffer from depression often face a lack of motivation, sleep loss, and changes in appetite, behavior and social patterns. Things that healthy people do normally can become overwhelming.
Common misconceptions around the stigma of depression include “just feeling sad” and “getting over it.” People who don’t understand the disorder can make it difficult and shameful for those who suffer to seek help or treatment.
Roslund’s post serves as a positive reminder that successful depression treatment can be found in even the smallest of victories.
Way to Go, Jonna!!