it’s easier to say “im tired” than “im so sad and lonely i feel like there’s a weight in my chest and my body is so heavy i have no energy emotionally, physically or mentally to even move from my bed”

Funny thing.  Once I got that “tired” vs “depressed” distinction I stopped saying I was really tired!

Also funny thing: once I got this distinction I was able to start moving in the right direction!  Which I wasn’t when I thought I just wasn’t getting enough sleep!

I suffer from episodic depression, which, fortunately, I’m not experiencing at the moment.  But when this came up in my feed I thought I’d rebroadcast it as a public service.

Knowing you’ve got a migraine or a sprained ankle doesn’t magically make it go away.  And same for sadness, loneliness, depression, or despair.  But knowing that’s what you’ve got makes it a hell of a lot easier to deal with it.  Because while, yeah, rest isn’t the worst thing for a migraine, a sprained ankle, or the blues, when that’s what you’ve got problem isn’t that you’re tired.  And therefore the answer isn’t “you just need more rest.”

Dance with the one that brung ya, and deal with what’s actually bringing you down.