I think that my struggles with stress, anxiety and depression have made me a better person. I’m learning to see the world from other people’s perspectives. I’m able to empathise more.
We live in an age where face to face communication has become widely diminished. The majority of our conversations take place via text message or the like. We have lost the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; a phone screen doesn’t allow us to do that.
But illness has taught me the importance of acknowledging, accepting and understanding my emotions. If we make more of an effort to understand our own emotions then it should be easier to understand the feelings of others. In some ways, I’m actually grateful for living with these illnesses.