I’ve seen the phrase “Too blessed to be stressed” many different places. If I’m being honest it really bugs me. One of the reasons I felt I shouldn’t be depressed is because I’m so blessed:
- I’m 30 years old and my parents are still married AND have a good relationship
- I’ve never been abused
- I’ve never been in a serious car accident
- I haven’t lost very many people who were close to me
- I haven’t had to deal with the pain of divorce, trauma, abuse, or addiction
- I am blessed with a wonderful husband and son
- My husband has a good job
- I’m able to be a Stay-at-Home mom without worrying too much about finances
Why in the world would I be depressed? I want to share with you it’s okay to be blessed and depressed. It is possible to have a chemical imbalance in your brain without going through any trauma. My OCD also causes me to be depressed sometimes. When crazy, scary thoughts come into your head you wonder if you, are psychotic or maybe even a horrible person. When you don’t know how to deal with the thoughts it can be VERY scary. I sunk into a deep depression. I found it difficult to eat and even more difficult to get out of bed.
I want you to know you don’t have to feel guilty about being depressed because you have a good life. I waited so long to talk to a therapist, partly because I was embarrassed, but also because I felt I didn’t have a reason to be depressed.
Yes, we should be thankful for what we have. Yes, writing down our blessings can help with depression and anxiety. But don’t think your struggle isn’t real because other people have it worse. Your pain matters. Your story matters. You matter.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 NIV
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