Sometimes the fear of facing anything or anyone is so strong that it can prevent us from leaving the comfort of our beds for hours, even days at a time. There’s no quick fix for the intense fatigue and mental exhaustion that accompanies depression, but here are few tricks I’ve learned for taking those first steps onto the hardwood.

The first time it ever crossed my mind that I may have been suffering from depression came after months and months of feeling alone, empty, overwhelmingly sad and just downright exhausted to the bone.