Have you ever felt so bad or depressed that you were willing to make a snap decision to try to get rid of the pain or discomfort? Isn’t that quick choice typically based on emotion? Perhaps it could be your marriage, your job, your health, or when there seems to be no light in the tunnel of your life. In extreme circumstances it can even lead to life altering things such as one filing for divorce or even thinking about taking one’s own life.
Here’s the main problem with acting on this negative type of thinking: pain and depression distort reality. It affects your ability to perceive your life in any kind of positive light. It’s the opposite of rose-colored glasses or beer goggles, which make things look better and more attractive than they actually are. Everything that’s viewed through the distortion of depression is negatively affected by it and seems to be worse than it really is.
If you find yourself in a very negative state of mind, here are a few thoughts thoughts to consider…
- Be still, let life slow down, and pray for peace.
- Seek a trusted friend or therapist to be able to talk openly about what is bothering you.
- Realize that things are rarely as good as they seem or as bad as they seem.
Even if it takes time, strive diligently to find some peace and calm before making life-changing decisions. I promise that when you look back on it, you’ll be relieved that you did.