What is depression?

Clinical depression (major depression) is a common and serious mental illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you act or think. Depression Causes a feeling of sadness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It often leads to both emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Fortunately, depression is treatable.

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What my depression feels like

My depression started with sadness. There is a difference between depression and sadness. For example, Loss of a loved one is a difficult experience for a person to endure. In this situation, the individual experience painful feelings intertwined with positive memories of the deceased. However, in major depression, mood and pleasure are decreased for the must two weeks coupled with feelings of worthlessness. The sadness I thought was normal due to limited physical ability my body has to now adapt to. I was an able and hyperactive woman who would stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Life had thrown me to the curve more than I could count, but I had always managed to find my way back to my path. However, illness has thrown me deep down the rabbit hole that finding my path seemed impossible. I became angry at the world, irritated by what others will not even blink about. I could not see past my physical limitation. The things that once brought me happiness mattered no more. The Noise of my kids became a trigger for my anger, I felt like my family was suffocating me. I felt empty inside. It did not matter how many times my family reassured me of their love, or how supportive they try to be. I wanted to disappear as if my pain would also disappear. The so strong, guarded woman is nowhere to be found, my faith was shaken as I started questioning everything. Eventually, I found my path, but it wasn’t without help.

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How I found my way back

It all began with one simple question, “What is the most important thing to me ?”. Anybody who knows me would say the most important thing to me is my family. It became clear I have a decision to make. I either accept help and enjoy my family or refuse help from the professionals,  support from my family and live in sadness and self-loathing. It took every ounce of strength in me to accept help and acknowledge that even the strongest among us are not immune to depression. Accepting help is the best thing one could do when dealing with mental health. There is no quick fix to getting out of the rabbit hole of mental health, it takes effort, patience, empathy for self, consistency, and understanding to see a positive result.

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What helps me?

The first step to getting better is to accept that you are depressed. It can be extremely difficult to acknowledge this. The stigma associated with mental health makes it strenuous to seek help. I started writing my feelings and thoughts in a journal, this helped me filtered rational and irrational feelings and thoughts. Also, I sought professional help to manage my depression. I had to learn about depression and how it affects my body and mind. Below is a list of my coping mechanism for depression:

  • Practice relaxation technique
  • Take a walk for 10 minutes three times a day
  • Antidepressant
  • Structured routine
  • Bedtime routine 
  • Therapy
  • Accept help from loved ones
  • Eat healthily diet
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Create a support system
  • Do things that make me feel good
  • Join a support group for depression
  • Keep stress in check
  • Develop a “wellness toolbox” for depression, things I do for a quick mood boost. Example, prayer, music, long hot bath, spend some time in nature.

How do you deal with depression? How does having depression affects your life and loved ones? Perhaps, it’s your loved one living with depression, how does this affect your relationship with him?









I am a mother to three beautiful kids and a wife to an amazing man. I am a firm believer in emotional expression and I encourage my boys to identify and express their emotions whatever that might be. Why do I do this? The reason is  I am sick and tired of the phrase ” Be a Man”. The society dismissed men as the feelingless gender. Men are expected to be though, on point, not to cry, not to feel, be the provider and the protector and so on. Men conform to what psychologists call The Masculine Norms, the rules of masculinity and the ways men are told they should act. How to empower men to breakthrough their emotions? Why talk about it?…

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Hello everyone! I’m Koral Dawn, a social media manager and marketing professional from Washington, USA. No, not Washington, DC; the other Washington on the west coast by California! You can find my blog here. But if you prefer to find me elsewhere, my Instagram is where I spend most of my time: @koral_dawn.

I’ve been recently going through some rough times with depression and anxiety after being laid off from the job that I moved 2800 miles away from home for. I had less than 24 hours’ notice that I didn’t have a job, and my manager didn’t even know until I did, about 10 minutes before.  You’d be a little off if you were in my situation as well. Things could be worse… we all say that.

My life before the depression

I am a wife and a mother to three beautiful energetic kids, ages 10,7, and 4. My family is my world. I love reading, cooking, and baking, cleaning up, listening to calming music and love spending time with my family. My kids love swimming classes and outdoor activities. I was taking pre-requisite courses at a community college to get into nursing school. Life was good. I am the person my friends would call for advice or when they need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. Depression was not in my everyday language.


Then came the sickness, what?

My illness was sudden…

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you feel about or value yourself. It’s the overall opinion you have of yourself. This is how you judge yourself worth as a person. Some people have negative feelings about themselves, they don’t value their ideas. Their self worth depend on what others think of them or how people treat them. Over time, they become people pleaser in the hope of validation. How can you improve your self-esteem?

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How do we develop self-esteem?

It starts early in life. It’s the believes you developed about yourself from messages you received from others, if you received positive feedback from personal relationships such as parents, siblings, peers, and teachers,  you will more likely see yourself as worthwhile. If you received negative feedback and are repeatedly criticized by others, you will struggle with low self-esteem…

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