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The One Small Victory I Celebrate Over Depression

Today, I brushed my hair.

To some people, this may seem like no big deal. To some people, this may be an everyday practice. But to someone struggling with depression who might not be able to get out of bed in the morning to get something to eat — this is a huge accomplishment. I feel lucky when I can bring myself to shower when an episode hits, even though the longer I procrastinate, the harder it gets.

Today, for the first time in a few weeks, I brushed my hair and managed to flat iron it. I honestly forgot what my hair looked like down and straight. I am a hairstylist, and depression took a big toll on me at work. I can’t help but notice the other stylists’ hair. My boss has even told me not to put my hair back into a messy bun when we work events. Some days or weeks, I just can’t find the motivation to do my own hair. I can’t even find the motivation to take appointments, support myself, eat or stay at work.

Times like this make me grateful for the small victories.

So today, I brushed my hair — and that is enough.

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Thinkstock photo via George Doyle