Hey There! I’m Stacy
This blog first started life as a travel blog about three years ago. At the time I was living in New Zealand. I had already spent 8 months travelling solo around Southeast Asia and I was about to move back to Thailand to try to make my living as a location independent web designer. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was also about to face my biggest challenge. Depression.
As I once again embarked on a life of travel, depression came crashing into my life and turned it upside down. Cue uncontrollable outbursts of rage and days spent lying in bed staring at the ceiling, punctuated by the occasional panic attack.
I wasn’t a complete stranger to depression. I had seen many a friend and family member taken down by it. But experiencing it myself was something quite different altogether. And I didn’t really know where to start in getting help.
My life of constant travel made it difficult to seek real medical advice or put into effect some of the lifestyle changes needed to help my recovery. And the stress of running my own business just perpetuated the whole thing. I scoured the internet for answers, hoping to find somewhere that would help me figure out what was going on and what I needed to do to recover but never quite found what I was looking for.
So that brings me to now. It is now about 3 years since I first developed depression and I am firmly on the road to recovery. It’s been a long hard journey and it’s involved a lot of trial and error. I had to completely overhaul my lifestyle, my behaviours and my way of thinking. I have tried antidepressants, CBT and, more recently, compassion-based counselling.
Along the way I have gained a deeper understanding of depression and what it took for me to recover from it. I also came to realise just how common it is! I plan to share my experiences on this blog in the hope that it can help other people who are in the same place I was three years ago.