Why Depression is Not Reality
Feeling negative can be one of the hardest aspects of life. You see others around you seeming to do well, always much better than you and you can feel like you are in a dark tunnel looking at them from above.
There is no light for you and no hope of light inside of you.
Everything you do, touch and be seems to be tinged with darkness from the root to the tip. No matter how you hard you try to pull yourself up you find you cannot.
Other people will tell you things like, "pull yourself together", "just look on the positive side", and "just do things anyway", but there voices fade and you still stay in the black hole you have found yourself in.
One method I would say that has worked for me within these moments is to remember that depression itself is not a reality. I do not mean that for you on a day to day basis that it doesn't effect you seriously and it isn't a real problem, what I mean is that your views when you are depressed are not based on fact.
For example, if you met someone who thought everything was fantastic all the time, no matter what happened, good or bad they constantly never ever saw anything negative, that person would have something missing. It is through the ability to see what is negative that we can then feel what is truly positive, they would also not be looking at things realistically.
Realism is important.
People are always talking about positivity and negativity and are we one or the other, the world and life just does not work like that. Life and reality is more based on realism, realism is a mixture of the two aspects, positive and negative, for example in people's lives both will happen, some good things, some bad things, it may be tipped in one direction or another but there will somewhere be both.
When people are overly positive, they are not being realistic.
This is the same for people who are being overly negative too, this is not realism and this is not reality.
When the mind is in a depressed state we see everything with negative goggles, we can't see things around us that are amazing and positive and all we can see is those things that are not. Although we cannot snap our fingers and change this when we are in this state of mind, it does help, at least it does help me, to remember that this current state of mind when I feel depressed is not actually reality. It is reality with everything positive missing, but it is only missing in my perception.
It is still there, and when this state of mind stops, I will be able to see it again.
It is like going through a dark tunnel, you cannot see light, but you know it still exists, try as hard as you can to remember until you get to the other side and the light shines on your face again, which it will.
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