Life has exploded into a chaotic mess, lately. However, I’m still here, which means I still have a purpose and choices to make in matters that need resolved. The only way to go is up from here, “They” say. So... The first and most important battle for those who are struggling is overcoming feelings of powerlessness. That is what makes decision-making possible! If you are feeling powerless, the first step is recognizing that, as long as there is breath in your body, you still have the ability to make choices for the better. This in essence is called HOPE, and hope is the antithesis for powerlessness. Once you are aware that you have the ability to choose something and rise to action, you can use that momentum to propel yourself into a state of empowerment. This is how change begins. From this point on, things become possible again. SMALL STEPS are key. Accomplishing small tasks will feed your confidence, giving you the strength you need to tackle the larger problems and obstacles you may be facing. This is why psychologists push simple routine, such as making beds, showering, getting dressed for the day, etc., when struggling with depression. The small accomplishments propel you into the mental state necessary for overcoming the more daunting challenges you may be facing.