inspiring blog posts for recovery from depression (part II of II)


Cutting to the chase, here is the second half of excerpts from blog posts that have helped my recovery from depression (again, they are in no particular order:

1. “What to do when being a perfectionist drags you down?” at Talent Develop

So let go of the feeling that you must reach an unrealistic level of perfection, and get in touch with the reality that you can be great even if you’re not perfect.

2. “Why you should take more time for yourself” at Pick the Brain

Sometimes, we put other people first because we’re secretly convinced that they’re more important, or more needy, than us. We downplay our own needs in order to help them.

3. “You can have a bigger impact than you think” at Live Your Legend

But it starts with the belief that you, your idea, can have an impact. That belief is what will get you to start. It’s what will allow you to attract your first follower. It’s what will give you the courage to pour your soul into something that matters.

4. “The 8th and 9th step for both AA and beepers” at If you are going through hell keep going

Like I said, the isolation adds to the depression. It feeds it. And like ice cream, you keep feeding it until you cannot stop. The depression then eventually transmogrifies into despair, then suicidal thoughts come in. If you aren’t careful, you can give into their Siren voices.

5. “The Day I Fired God” at Knowledge is Necessity

I looked up at the ceiling instead. “God, you’re fired!” I said in a voice that would have caused all the plants in the house to shrivel and die had I been a god, myself. The plants paid no attention. Minutes later, I found my wallet, or rather God surreptitiously returned it to where I had left it in the first place. At least, where I think I may have left it. How the hell would I know where I left it, me with my factory-reject brain with no tech support.

6. “Masks of Depression” at Storied Mind

What I came to understand later on was that it took a vast amount of energy and willpower to keep the natural feelings and reactions bottled and capped. And another burst to construct and keep in place the persona I needed to project to the world. While I was doing this, I was always thinking: Oh, this is just an act. Wait till they see what I’m really like. Of course, I didn’t really know the extent of all I was keeping hidden. That included a lot of pain, hurt, grief, anger that I was not even aware of.

7. “Ever feel like giving up?” at The Art of Non-Conformity

I realized recently that my greatest weakness as a leader is insecurity. Sometimes, I’ll admit to those of you who are following this adventure, I care more about what people think of me than I care about making the right decision. I know that’s not good, and I’m working on it.

8. “Ideas Spread like Viruses and If You Don’t Act Immediately, Someone Else Will” at Elevation Life

Now, I’m not saying I deserve credit for Arthur Christmas. I don’t! Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith have probably written a cute family tale and they deserve full credit for it. They had an idea and acted on it. And they’re richer because of it.

9. “The night I gave up on life” at Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Nothing and I mean nothing is so bad that you have to take your own life. There are always options and if the worst comes to worst, drop everything and start again. If you are in this situation now, please believe me when I say it will get btter and there are people who can help.

10. “How I went from Twitter Hell to Twitter Heaven” at Practical Adventure-ology

For a split second,  I felt a twinge of angst and I wondered “who would ever want to follow me?” I shook it off and continued on.

11. “How to start a revolution” at Illuminated Mind

it’s only this kind of walking the path that brings clarity. Don’t wait for clarity or your “one true purpose” before you start. Please, please, don’t do that. It will never happen. Epiphanies are found in the dirty, messy circuitous routes of practice.

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I used to laugh at self-help books and personal development section of bookshops. Why would anyone need to learn how to be self-confident or be happy?

I eat my own words. More comforting were these personal growth websites than my Financial Times or The Economist in my time of trial.

The list is not exhaustive – there are many more out there in cyberspace, and I’ll compile some others when I draw inspiration again. 

My gratitude to all those out there who have unknowingly kept me alive.

Who inspired you recently? Please share in the comments.

14 Responses

  1. susan says:

    Noch Noch,

    I am honored to be included in your list with such other brilliant bloggers. It’s amazing how we all help each other and draw strength from each other in our own recoveries.

    Thank you

    • nochnoch says:

      Hi Susan

      Thanks for coming by – I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now, and it’s very encouraging to hear of others’ experiences as we struggle. Thanks for being an inspiration!

      Noch Noch

  2. srini says:

    Hi! Noch
    long time since I wrote to you. you have written on a interesting subject. I saw your comment when I was reading “simpler life today” on google+.

    I think you are to give us the news on your wedding day this month?

    • nochnoch says:

      Hi Srini

      How are you. Simpler Life Today is a great blog, written by Vlad who has become a great friend and helped me alot on my blog

      And you pre-empt me, indeed news of wedding in the next post…

      Noch Noch

  3. Hi, Noch Noch –

    Thanks for including me in this wonderful list. These two posts have many treasures that I haven’t seen before. And I love your creative design for this blog.


    • nochnoch says:

      Hi John

      Thanks for coming by. Your’s and these other bloggers have been most encouraging to me through your writing. Thanks for sharing your experience so candidly!
      And I’m glad you like the design of the blog. I had a great website designer friend when I revamped the blog!

      Hope to see you here again

      Noch Noch

  4. Richard P. says:

    Just wanted to say: Thank you…

    Nothing more (yet).

  5. Andi-Roo says:

    Zowie, this list is even better than the first! Thank you, again, for compiling such great quotes, blogs, encouragement, articles… all that stuffs! You’re a wonderful person, & I hope you know it!!! 🙂 xoxo

    • nochnoch says:

      Hi again Andi-Roo

      Thank you 🙂 And I think you must be a wonderful person too to want to keep sharing it with your friends. The encouragement has been real for me and I hope it helps others!

      Noch Noch

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about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.