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Uplifting Depression: 15 Unexpected Lessons From Adversity

1. Don’t ignore warning signals in your body. Frequent petty colds, stomach aches, and headaches may all be a sign of stress.

2. There is no need to be strong all the time, and even less of a need to maintain an image of strength in front of others.

3. Achievements and titles mean nothing if they’re not something you’re passionate about.

4. Creativity is therapeutic, and it’s in everyone, just sometimes suppressed.

5. We need to matter the most to ourselves—over any job promotion, meeting, excel spreadsheet.

6. Not replying to emails immediately is not the end of the world.

7. We all need spare time for ourselves—time for solitude and reflection.

8. It doesn’t matter what everybody else thinks, if we know in our hearts something isn’t right.

9. Most petty worries aren’t serious. So save some energy.

10. Everything will be okay in time.

11. Health is the most important thing in the world.

12. Sometimes it’s best to stop doing so many things, and instead spend more time enjoying what we have.

13. There is no point in being afraid of the uncertainty because it doesn’t change that the future is uncertain. Leap.

14. We don’t have to worry about being a disappointment to anyone, because we do not need to live according to anyone else’s expectations of us.

15. We will all hurt. Embrace the pain, and know that suffering is a choice.
roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 20 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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Words to live by. Thank you.

Very wise words, great advice.

Thank you for that!

Thanks a whole bunch for sharing this!

Thank you - Sometimes help arrives at the- most unexpected time - very grateful you shared

thank you for sharing! this is great :D

This was very helpful for me. Thank you for sharing.

this is very interesting & number 14 is one i must remember

Whenever lists of these kind are made, there is always a tendency to pick things apart or perhaps pinpoint this point or that thay may not be agreed upon, as the other comments seem to indicate, but as a whole, this was an excellent post and one that I plan to keep with me for future reference. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

You're wonderful for compiling this list of things to remember. I find that oftentimes we know what to do deep down inside, but it's so hard to figure out where to start. This is a great start. Thank you. &lt;3<br />
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I second everyone's curiosity about the "suffering is a choice" part. Do you mean that in the sense that our mindsets ultimately govern what we make of the world?

Suffering is a choice? i don't get that part either, otherwise it's very well put. Depression stems from a chemical imbalance in the brain and nobody willfully wants to suffer, so the sadness or lows one encounters during the illiness isn't a choice, if that's what your reffering to as "suffering". would be nice if you explain further<br />
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If I could choose to get over my suffering right now, I would. I don't understand why my anxiety hurts so terribly when I just got a great new job and I'm marrying a great guy really soon. I can make some really good choices, but I can't choose to get better.

Just have to ask one thing: What do you mean by "Embrace the pain, and know that suffering is a choice?" That is the only part I don't understand in this post, otherwise I completely agree with everything you have said.

I have embraced the pain but I cant say suffering is a choice. Sometimes, but not always.

very well put...thank you :)

Thanking you for reading ;-)

thank you!!

Well thank you ;-)

Good advice. You obviously understand depression.

this is great advice and just what i needed to get through today and keep on moving! :-)

fantastic advice and what a great and invaluable post :)

Very invaluable....;-)

I second those thoughts.<br />
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Easily spoken, difficult to do, hard to ignore, but if you can follow those ideals, you are half way there.