Let’s start by saying that yes, you are a priority and your mental health is and should be your number one concern, but let’s also mention that it’s not the reason for not making progress in life.
When I used to struggle with clinical depression I found it so easy to blame my mental health for being a shitty person. It was my identity, I was my depression.
Depression is awful and it takes so much from you but you are still able to think and make choices.
Creating a vegan lifestyle that will reflect your deepest values of compassion and kindness is not as hard as it seems. The key to it being manageable is to do it slowly and with intention.
No matter how bad your mental health is – and trust me when I say that I know how it feels to have social anxiety, depression and be suicidal at the same time – you always have the ability to choose to do what’s right.
Depression doesn’t take away your morals and ethics and it doesn’t make you suddenly become, let’s say, a racist. So why use it as an excuse to not move forward and treat others with compassion and respect?
I know you are struggling and I know it hurts, I have been there for more than a decade but I also know that I wasn’t as weak as I thought I was.
I was able to say a nice thing to someone but I chose not to. I chose to use depression as an excuse to treat those around me with disrespect. I chose to use depression as a tool to be mean and make other lives miserable.
Choosing to eat plants won’t take away anything from you; it will only remind you of the compassionate choices you are making.
Choosing to not buy animal skin and avoid going to the zoo or an aquarium won’t ruin your life, it will remind you of how powerful you already are.
You are so much stronger than the thoughts in your head. You are capable of being a kind person even when your mind is battling a very ugly war.
You are so much wiser than the choices you have been making lately.
And if you are ready to make the step in the right direction make sure to read this post where I share what steps you can make to go vegan in the next few months.
You don’t have to do it in one night because that would be too hard. Just take one step every day. One small step is all you need to put on your to-do list for today.
I’m not saying that it’s your fault to have depression, what I am saying is that you shouldn’t use it as an excuse for not making progress, no matter how small. Help is out there and it’s available.
But you need to want to get better. You need to want to make progress because if you don’t want it, it won’t change itself.