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Goals are an important part of anyone’s life, but with depression it’s necessary to not lose sight of what you want to accomplish in life.
After accepting that you have depression and learning to talk to others about your condition, another major step in coping with depression is to make goals for yourself, update your goals or keep the ones you always had. The focus for many people tends to be on overcoming the depression itself, but you can also have goals not related to relieving your depression to use as a sort of motivation.
Realize that depression is not an excuse to give up on life. Many people have accomplished the unthinkable with depression. For example, an abnormal psychology textbook states that Queen Victoria had depression after her husband died, and the actress Ashley Judd has spoken of her depression. One website, www.popcrunch.com, lists 135 famous people who have said at some point they’ve had depression. These include Truman Capote, Helena Bonham Carter, Winston Churchill, Sheryl Crow, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Dickinson, Kirsten Dunst and Princess Diana. All of these people have been successful despite their depression. This means that you can do it too.
You don’t have to be a famous person with depression, but you can keep a few goals in mind that you want to accomplish even with depression. For example, maybe you’ve always wanted to become a book editor or a marine biologist or an engineer. If you have a career goal in mind, you can start planning steps to achieve that goal, like going to college. There are many resources on college campuses to help you graduate and start a new career, so don’t assume you will be alone through that process and have to fend for yourself. What you do have to realize is that you will have to take some responsibility and ask around and find those resources. This can be a challenge, but keep sight of your overall goal and that can motivate you to complete the process.
Another non-depression goal could be to expand your interests and try a new hobby. Have you always wanted to try kickboxing or learn how to sew? Check out a local community center or gym for some ideas.