Depression comes in waves. Some days it feels as though you’re in a drought and some days you’re drowning, swallowing water until your thoughts are soaked and decaying from the salt. On these days not much can help you. You may have dozens of people waiting on the sand bar but when it hits it is only you treading and looking for air. On these days it is important to go easy on yourself, to allow yourself to feel your feelings, free of judgement. However, it is equally important to fight back. You must pay attention to your surroundings. You must find what makes the tides subside. You must understand that you don’t have to do this alone — that like waves in the water, you can’t control what hits you. But you can control how you prepare yourself for them. You can decide what safety devices you’ll use against it. Find a lighthouse to keep in your mind’s eye in the distance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and swim on.