When Sad Thoughts Take Over
They can suddenly hit you like a thousand bricks falling down from a demolished building. Thoughts sometimes have a life of their own and you become an observer on the sidelines. When these thoughts take the form of sadness, you cannot hide from them and it surely becomes difficult to stop them. You must ride the wave.
The wave of saddening thoughts can sometimes be very difficult to surf upon. The height of these waves vary; sometimes their small but aggressively fierce or tsunami-like and destructive. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at riding them; even the best fall down.
The impact of falling from saddening thoughts can be devastating if you do not practice your falls like a stunt performer. Sometimes all you can do is cry and pray to god to alleviate the pain. God always hears your prayers but sometimes wants you to suffer in order to gain.
To suffer is to gain; without it, your character would not build strength and resilience. But many people suffer endlessly and do not know how to recover from saddening thoughts. For some, these moments progress to depression. And depression sometimes progresses to suicidal thoughts.
When saddening thoughts take a hold of you, learn to ride the wave as smoothly as possible. That’s all you can do. Don’t get hard on yourself and fall in the trap of the saddening thoughts. You are stronger than them if you ride the wave, knowing that this too will come to an end.
And they do come to an end. Sometimes saddening thoughts may last a couple of minutes; sometimes they last a few hours. But no matter the length of time, you do not give up! You ride the wave through until the calming effects settle in. And once you are back at your baseline, you learn from the experience!
And you share your experience with The DSM Ready Community!
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