I have depression and anxiety and although I have learned to manage them without medication, I still have bad days. The trick for me is to accept the fact that not every day will be a good one. Not every day will be filled with smiles and good times. I have to accept that depression and anxiety will always be present in my life but they do not define me. Sometimes I know exactly why I feel sad and anxious, others day they come upon with a fierce heaviness and I have no idea where it comes from. I accept this, just like I accept the fact that I have to eat and breathe to survive. There are no magic cures, or pills. (Although the pharmaceutical companies would like us to think otherwise.) Just like losing weight, you have to put in the effort. It is no different with anxiety and depression. If you want to manage the disease you have to put in the work. You have to put in the effort to control the illness so the illness won’t be able to control your every moment. Most important thing to remember is stay in the present moment. Stay out of the past and the future. I have depression and anxiety but I am NOT the disease!