I didn’t like the effect so I began to fight back – Betty Irabor, on fighting depression

I didn’t like the effect so I began to fight back – Betty Irabor, on fighting depression

The publisher and editor-in-chief of Genevive Magazine opened up about a number of things in a tell all interview in commemoration of her 60th birthda

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The publisher and editor-in-chief of Genevive Magazine opened up about a number of things in a tell all interview in commemoration of her 60th birthday, including her personal battle with depression and her journey to conquering it. On overcoming depression, the mother of two said, Family Support, Will Power! Change of outlook towards everything. I woke up one day and decided to get out of it. I decided to fight and get my life back. I didn’t like where I was and I realised no one could get me out of this dungeon except me.

“I didn’t like the effect it had on my family so I began to fight back. I fought against the dominance of overwhelming negative emotions. I began to find reasons to be happy. I lived in the NOW. I looked for joy in everything around me and started to read the bible again. I travelled. I went to both London and New York fashion week and stayed abroad for a while. I took time off and went to health farm outside London. The minute I stepped into my room I just zoned out. I slept for 4 hours straight, the first time in nearly 18 months. Before then I was sleeping 2 hours a night.

“At the farm, I got to read ‘The Battlefield of the Mind’ by Joyce Meyer and I could see that I had been in a battlefield which only a change of mindset and prayers could deliver me from. I blanked out negative thoughts. I listened to praise songs and danced. I fought for my sanity through positive affirmations, I also had my family’s support which is priceless! I began to see a counsellor back in Nigeria and gradually we began to make headway. We worked on my sleep hygiene and a more holistic approach to treating depression”.