As overly-anxious people, those of us who suffer from depression analyze each and every moment in our lives.
We’re averse to thinking of the worst consequences when things aren’t that bad to begin with.Yet, as the day goes on, we decide that life is infact, conspiring against us. As such, there’s nothing we can do to turn this day around. Thus, we must suffer. And through it, we struggle to survive.
But dear depressed heart, did you ever stop to wonder? Could life really be so cruel?
Yes, we’ve seen the cruelty of life in many ways. But is it true that there are factors at play that are conspiring to ruin just your life? Take a deep breath and consider.
No, there are not.
This isn’t to say that your depression isn’t real. It’s as real as the air we breathe. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. However, depression cannot win. And if we keep drowning ourselves in our negative thoughts, we’ll never realize that we are built to survive. Perhaps we may look a little ragged afterwards, but survive we do.
How to Bring Yourself Out of that Depression
You can’t snap yourself out of depression, neither can you ignore it.
Bringing yourself out of that stupor is a great inner battle, one which we struggle against every day and every minute. And the best way to bring yourself out is by learning from those who did so themselves and succeeded.
The pearls of wisdom we get from such people aren’t as extraordinary as the inspiring words of Shakespeare. But for someone like us who knows a thing or two about our mental struggles, these words can encourage us to fight for our life, against our self.
Quotes and Tips to Inspire Your Depressed Heart
1. Be Kind to Yourself
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
2. Don’t Ignore Your Pain
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
3. Cherish the Happier Moments
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
4. Remember; Your Depression Cannot Defeat You
It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.
5. You are Not the Victim of Your Own Fate
A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear that results from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.
6. Be Compassionate to those Around You
The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
7. There’s an Answer for Every Hardship
Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.
8. Don’t Distance Yourself from those You Love
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
9. You are Important. You are not alone.
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
10. You Must Survive, and You Will
Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.
Susan Polis Schutz
That last quote is especially important. Often, our depression makes us feel the worst of ourselves. We become our biggest bullies, and that is the point where we must change. Getting free of that comfort trap we’ve pushed ourselves in is crucial.
We must understand that we’re part of a greater network of people who love us and cherish us as we are.
So while you may feel that perhaps your life has become too big of a burden on your shoulders, it’s essential that you understand the difference between the voice of your inner bully and that of the love around you.