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⚠️Trigger Warning: depression
“Woah, hold up. Do I have to do that? I am not doing that! Do you mean to tell me I’m supposed to tell some stranger all of my deepest, darkest secrets? I’m doing quite the opposite, thank you!” — That was my initial response to finding an accountability partner.
At the time, I didn’t understand.
Before I fully recovered from depression, I was deeply paranoid about people knowing my story, let alone sharing my journey.
I was also embarrassed. If you only knew what I had been through! So I freaked out just a little bit.
I am so glad I decided to get past my initial fear of finding an accountability partner.
Accountability partners are so important to our continual well-being and depression recovery. They are the one person you can be completely real with–a person who you can share struggles, fears, victories, and failures with.
Accountability partners offer no judgement but instead have a willingness to walk with you, instead of constantly tripping you up with their decisions of what you should have done.
However, when asked to find an accountability partner, most people have the same feelings of fear and derision as I did.
What do we do to get over the fear of finding an accountability partner?
Before I talk about that, I should preface with this: you don’t need to let everyone in; you just need to let someone in.
Don’t feel like you have to trust the whole world with everything about your life. Even letting one person can be hard. I understand. But if you find an accountability partner, there is so much reward.
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The key to a good and healthy accountability partner is the relationship.
If you are looking for someone who is going to walk alongside you and know some of the things no one else in the world will know, you need to have a strong relationship with them.
Are you volatile when together? Does mistrust define your friendship? Do they often judge you or others? Maybe not the best idea.
On the other hand, is there mutual respect between you and your possible accountability partner? Can you tell them things in confidence? Are they a good listener?
The point is not to check off a specific box on the list of good things. The point is to put plenty of thought into who your accountability partner should be.
I’ve said it before: it is important to evaluate your relationships in life, especially if you are just recently recovered or just got back on your game after a relapse.
Make sure your accountability partner won’t compromise your recovery, relationships, or health.
This is so important for an accountability partner.
Without constantly evaluating your relationship with them and making sure there is positivity, you are at risk of developing a relationship and having an accountability partner who can bring you down instead of lift you up.
You and your accountability partner will have a raw, intimate, and transparent friendship, so choose wisely.
Fostering a relationship is really what it comes down to. Let someone in.
Allowing that person in will be cathartic in nature as it allows a positive, healthy relief of emotions, feelings, and hurt.
We are all looking for relief from circumstances, troubles, and sometimes ourselves–and having an accountability partner can help with this.
Let someone walk alongside you. You don’t have to go it alone; I don’t think we were ever created to struggle and live life by ourselves.
Let one relationship be a defining moment in your recovery instead of a defeating moment in your journey.
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Mark is currently in high school and hopes to study International Law in the future. He struggled with depression for four years until finally winning the battle. Upon first hearing about Libero, he made the decision to bring his story about depression and how he has dealt with it in hopes to spread awareness and bring support to those going through depression. With still being in high school, he will offer a teenagerʼs perspective on depression and relationships through sharing the many challenges and victories he has faced with both. Mark hopes that through his writing he can help others understand that brokenness can lead to wholeness.
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