Inspiration

This Woman’s Bedroom Completely Changed As Her Depression Started To Get Better

Depression manifests itself in different ways for different people. One common result of depression is feeling little to no motivation.

In some cases, this can lead to one’s home being quite a mess (after all, it’s hard to motivate to clean even when you’re not suffering from depression!). This was exactly the case for 26-year-old Jonna from Sweden.

Jonna recently posted “before” and “after” pictures of her bedroom on Imgur with the title “Me 1 – Depression 0! The post received over 300,000 views in less than 24 hours (!), and the BBC took note.

“I suffer from severe depression and have a really hard time with cleaning and doing other kinds of household work,” Jonna’s caption read, describing the messy “before” photo.

Before

It had been that way for several months.

“But this Friday I decided to finally do it!” Jonna added.

After

“Say hi to my teddy Nalle on the bed!” Jonna wrote. “I know it’s not a big victory, but for me it means the world to just be able to have my door open if people come over. I feel so at peace right now, just wanted to share with all of you wonderful Imgurians.”

Impressive, right? And further proof about the power of being open and honest about mental illness.

Many people commented on the post.

“This gives me the motivation to do the same, way to go!” one person commented, while another wrote, “I have been suffering from bouts of depression and dealing with an eating disorder and my place is in disarray. This in inspiring.”

Aww.

“In the beginning I basically locked myself in my room for weeks and just left to go to the bathroom,” Jonna told A Plus. “…You just wake up one day and realize that you haven’t taken a shower for a week and the last time you ate was three days ago and you’ve been letting all the calls go to voicemail. But then you have to slowly, slowly try to come back. You learn as you go.”

What does Jonna do, though, when she has bouts of depression? As you probably know, wishing it away doesn’t work.

She has a strong support network, i.e., helpful family and friends, she said, and tries to practice self-care.

Her words of advice for others?

“When you have depression and try to do what ‘everybody else can do’—it’s like trying to run a marathon when you’ve just waken up from a coma,” she said. “…But just to try, or maybe just thinking about trying is a huge step in the right direction.”

Words—and pictures—to live by.