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How Legends Deal With Depression

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel." - J.K. Rowling

According to clinical-depression.co.uk, around 20% of people suffer from depression, in America alone that's 35-40 million people. (But you don't have to suffer from it as a condition to know that all of us can get quite down from time to time.

Legends throughout history have experienced, faced and overcome depression at some point... From Abraham Lincoln, to Princess Diana to Buzz Aldrin, to Jim Carrey.

Its effects can vary from being totally bedridden and incapacitated, to just feeling a bit numb at work. And while it can often seem like the monkey on the shoulder that never goes away, millions of people face it and overcome its effects on them.

Depression can be incredibly lonely and something which many feel they need to hide. Here is a humbling video from actor and wrestling star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on his experience of going through depression when he was younger...

Having Someone To Be There

As Dwayne Johnson says in the video above, just having someone to be there to say 'it's going to be ok' can make the world of difference - more than we realise. Someone who genuinely understands us, who is willing to listen, walk the journey with us and go at our pace while helping us move forward is something every legend has - whether they are experiencing depression or not. As one more recent example, Kate Middleton underwent counselling before she married into the Royal Family. In a world where we can become isolated and cut off, having someone who actually cares about us is crucial to our health and well-being. If you feel you need this, there is absolutely no shame in asking for help. In fact it's one of the wisest and most important things you could do.

It Can Start With A Single Breath

There is no 'magic pill' to letting go of the feelings and thoughts that trap us. It is different for everyone, though there is one small thing that can help keep us going. Recently we shared the incredible impact that breathing can have on our state and the quality of our lives.

Try it now, slow down and just take a slow, strong deep breath in through your nose, hold it, and release it freely...

Maybe one more for good measure?

How do you feel now?

Something so small as breathing well (instead of that tight, tense and shallow breathing we often experience) can actually make us happier, more healthy with a greater desire to connect with others...

P.S. If you felt this article helped, feel free to share it with others and also check out our article on actor Matthew Perry on how he overcame his alcoholism.

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