Positive thoughts and meditation can be your aids against depression. Positive thoughts will help you look at yourself with a different perspective, a better one.
Meditation will further help you achieve the calm and peace you seek but in a much better way. Depression will only plague you with negativity, it won’t do you good.
I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.
– Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
That’s the definition of depression in a nutshell.
Depression is avoiding any chance of even getting better because even asking someone for help takes a lot of effort out of the people who are suffering from it.
They think that it’s better this way. Can you relate to this quote?
If yes, then you need to go through the next few quotes that will help you understand why waking even to a nightmare might be better than enjoying a fake reality.
These quotes can be your weapons to use in the war against depression.
1. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Many a time depression can be a result of your fears coming true. When you are defeated by those fears even once, some of you stopped making efforts. You just accepted the defeat and let it drown you in your sorrows.
No, that is not the right way to live. Actually, that is no way to live. You failed, so what? You might fail again and again but one day you might get so good at it that no one would ever be able to compare.
So, don’t let a minor obstacle lead you astray. Don’t give up hope. Fight for your dreams and when you achieve them these dreams will forever chase away your doubts.
2. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
Positive thoughts are the key here. It reminds us of the glass half full or half empty situation.
The problem is only as dire as you perceive it to be. You can choose to be happy about the beauty of the roses or cry about the thorns pricking your fingers.
When you choose to be happy about the roses, you choose to snip the thorns and make a better life for yourself.
But when you would choose to cry about the thorns you throw away the rose and hence lose the chance to enjoy its beauty.
3. “Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.”
– Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
A lot of depressed people are aware of the drawbacks of not helping themselves or making even a small effort to come out of depression.
They don’t care. But sometimes when you have lived a privileged life only a failure or a few setbacks can help you learn. Instead of letting these failures leading you down a road to the depression let them be your lessons and stepping stones towards success.
So, even when you are drowning you can see the branch that will help you survive. You just have to grab it.
4. “Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”
– Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
You simply don’t care about what others people think about you anymore or about the consequences of what you do when you are depressed.
You stop being nice to people and do everything possible to distance yourself from them. That’s a trap. A trap that will leave you alone with just your emotions and thoughts. Which is the worst thing you could do to yourself?
So, think about it this way. You have been hurt by words and know how powerful they can be. When you already know how much they hurt why would you want anyone else to go through it?
5. “Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”
– Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU
Depression is a cage. It blocks you from growing. It keeps you locked away, with you believing all the wrong things. And you stay there even when you have the key to open the lock in your hands.
All you have to do is take a step to open the cage. But sometimes depression isn’t just a disorder, it encompasses you fully and you think of yourself as depression. So, you don’t take that step and choose to suffer.
How has that worked out for you so far? Has it made anything better or worse?
If you want to make it better, take that step. Don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up on your family and friends. They’ll be there to support you. You just have to take the step.
Meditation helps you achieve the most sought-after inner peace and helps you work on losing the habit of letting your mind wander. It helps you focus on the goals. Because when you have something to live for you won’t let depression get its claws in you. You’ll fight to keep it or get to it.
It makes your stronger not just mentally but physically as well. It reduces pain and gives you the mental strength to overcome any obstacles like depression.
You don’t need any pain relievers once you start meditating regularly. Meditation works a lot better than any painkillers.
So many depressed artists have provided us with great work of arts. Instead of letting depression destroy you turn it towards creating things. Build don’t destroy. Mediation will guide you through it and help you channel your emotions towards creativity.
This is the most beneficial advantage of meditation for a depressed individual. Socializing is not even a word they are aware of. They become so used to the loneliness that they would rather stay that way.
So, becoming socially active is like a cure. It helps you meet new people and who knows you might find someone dealing with the same things you are and this could be the start of a friendship like no other.
Depression demolished our self-esteem while mediation boosts it. It helps you become aware of yourself in a way nothing ever could. Self esteem helps you realized your own worth.
It can be hard to get help and even take the help given to you when you would rather live with the sorrows. But you have to. Because this is not you protecting yourself but this is you harming your family and friends, this is you shutting everyone out. Don’t let this your end.
Find a new beginning for yourself in all this chaos. You can. Because only you have the power to do that.