People with depression tend to be very hard on themselves, the illness by nature makes people think and feel the worst of any situation. You may not have noticed this about me because I hide it so well 😀
There often comes a time when the downward spiral of depression sends us falling seemingly to the depths of despair until we hit the place commonly referred to as “Rock Bottom”. Usually it is hit more than once as the ups and downs of depression take us on the usual roller coaster ride of emotions.
Once we are at rock bottom we tend to find ourselves feeling that things will never get better, and unfortunately this is the time when many people see suicide as the only way out of the pain and misery. This is something that people who have never had depression fail to understand, how people get so down that they cannot see living another day as a viable alternative.
But there is hope when we hit rock bottom!
It leaves us with only one direction left to go and that is UP!
It is far too easy for us to let depression win! Yet time after time we have hit the bottom and clawed our way back from the brink and reached new heights, how often do we forget this fact?
We hit bottom and we survived to tell the tale, and if we have done it once we have the strength to do it again and again!
At times we need to be able to step back and look at how far we have come and what we have achieved despite everything that has been thrown at us. We are still around, still battling and still breathing which shows great strength, be proud of this!
Hitting rock bottom is exhausting and daunting, yet if you consider that the next phase is onward and upwards and approach it with the same strength you have shown then greater times can be around the corner.
Don’t let hitting rock bottom be the end, look at it as the start of the next chapter. We have to make mistakes to enable us to learn from them. Try not to be so hard on yourself if things are rough, that’s the nature of the beast with depression.
One step up the ladder is still one step away from the bottom!