No Shame: Let’s Normalize the Convo
Did you know that 350 million people are affected by depression and 40 million are affected by anxiety? That means two things:
- If you are experiencing depression you are not alone
- If you are not experiencing depression, you likely know someone who is experiencing it, whether you know it or not.
Most people are shocked to learn that I am among the numbers. The commercials about these disorders do not often show bubbly personality types such as myself who are great at hiding these traits in front of others. But regardless, the struggle is real. It proves that we never know who is fighting a secret battle around us, and reminds us of the importance of showing grace to others through our behaviors and actions.
Studies indicate that with the November time change, the rate of depression and anxiety increases. That’s why I teamed up with an amazing group of transparent women for No Shame November (namely, @iamthecarad, @thebrandingbestie, @polishedkendra, @theamberdee). This campaign is all about normalizing talks centered on depression and anxiety. We want others to know that most of us struggle with something. And if that something happens to be depression, we are sharing our own transparent stories in hopes of making a difference.
In the video below, I talk about my experiences while also sharing a few tips that help me when I start feeling depressed or anxious. Please check it out and share it. You never know who it might help.
The No Shame Campaign should really be on-going among us. Be brave about sharing your story with others. Join in on the conversation. Help normalize the discussion. Erase the stigma associated with depression and anxiety.
Be strong. Courageous. Persistent. Encouraged. Nice.
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