Most of you know this already, but when I went vegan three years ago, my life kind of entered its second dark phase. It wasn’t quite as dark as the one before it, but it resembled it greatly.
The reason for this was that with all the information I suddenly had about what happens to the animals in laboratories and slaughterhouses, I couldn’t think straight anymore. I couldn’t take care of myself without feeling selfish and I couldn’t see the beauty still around me because of all the darkness I now knew about.
A few months ago I started to really become interested in self-care and how to show the importance of it to the vegan community. I knew that there are vegans who are passionate about it, but there is still the lack of conversation on the topic.
I, as a vegan and someone who understands how important self-care is for the troubling mind, want to be of service to those who are fighting against the darkness alone because they don’t know that life can be much better. I want to be that vegan that people think of when they think about self-care and self-compassion.
That’s why I am in the process of creating an online course about self care for vegans. I want to put all my knowledge into this package and give it to those who are serious about becoming happier and more mindful.
Being vegan is amazing and the journey towards a more compassionate world is a journey that I am happy to be a part of, but it lacks the joy if I am sick or depressed.
I was depressed since I was a young child but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 18. Needless to say, after a decade of suffering and being a prisoner to my mind, no pills or doctors helped me enough to run away from it.
So I took things in my hands.
I started to find what made me feel good and how I can be my own best doctor – although that in no way means that I am against drugs or medical assistance. In the past 7 years, I went through many ups and downs during my recovery but I, ultimately, arrived at a conclusion that I will never truly be away from it.
After more than 17 years of mental suffering, how much power, and will, do I even have to fully recover? And perhaps most importantly, can I?
I have no answer to these questions. I know that some people are more prone to become depressed* and that long-term depression damages the brain* (I can see these symptoms in my own life), but I don’t know if one can truly recover. Relapses are common but can you ever be recovered from being on the dark side?
But I am not only passionate about self-care for the reasons I just presented; there are so many people who have never been depressed and who don’t suffer from anxiety but just feel deep sadness and negativism. Self-care is for everyone.
I want to show vegans that knowing the truth and being aware of the horrible things that are occurring every second of the day are not reasons to abandon yourself and to give up on life. Matter of fact, those are the reasons to be even nicer to yourself and to do even more good in the world!
If you agree with me, make sure to read my post on some ways that vegan warriors can take care of themselves here.
And if you want to stay updated on how far along I am in creating my online course on self care for vegans, please follow me on Instagram.
p.s. – If you want to know how I take care of myself during my recovery from depression and anxiety + how you can live a greener and more compassionate life, makes sure to grab my FREE eBook From Feeling Low to Living Green here.