The First Step After Depression Kept Me From Writing for 2 Months

Mental illness happens. Here’s how I’m dealing with it.

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Self-Forgiveness is the Key

The first thing I did was forgive myself for taking time off. You may be thinking, “What’s to forgive, Amy? You were suffering! It’s not your fault!”

How I Practice Self-Forgiveness

For me, the purpose of self-forgiveness is to wipe the slate clean of self-judgment.

  1. Validate my feelings, e.g., “I’m struggling with a mental illness right now; anyone in my position would feel the same way.”
  2. Forgive myself for experiencing emotional pain, e.g., “I forgive myself for not writing for a few months, and for being hard on myself. I choose to begin again now.”

Self-Forgiveness is an Important Part of Self-Care for Mental Illness

Jenny Capper writes and vlogs for the “Mental Health for the Digital Generation” on and she posted a video about the importance of forgiving yourself if you struggle with mental illness.

Self-Forgiveness is a Vital Step Towards Self-Love

Capper is right — we each have a relationship with ourselves that is worthy of time, care, and attention. And that relationship can be defined, like any other relationship. Ask yourself the following questions to assess the nature of your relationship with yourself:

  • Do I deflect compliments or accept them whole-heartedly?
  • How do I feel about receiving criticism?

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