Depression is becoming a bit of an epidemic. About 7% of people have it and those numbers are bound to keep growing which is incredibly worrying since depression can become quite debilitating if it’s severe enough. Depressed individuals all seek different kinds of treatment with varying degrees of success, but a great way to feel less isolated is knowing other people have gone through the same hardships as you and gotten through it. Here are 13 positive quotes to help you overcome your depressive thoughts
1 – “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” -F Scott Fitzgerald
Depression comes in waves. One day you feel like you’re on top of the world, and the next you’re spiraling back into your depressive episode. But! F Scott Fitzgerald delivers great advice to not let that feeling of failure make you give up. Depression is a liar. Seriously. So if you felt great yesterday and nothing changed between then and now to make you feel as awful as you do, it’s your depression talking.
2 – “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time, we fall.” -Confucius
Confucious urges you to keep going even if everything begins to feel hard. You’re not victorious just because you’ve never faced any hardships, but because you rose above them and persisted.
3 – “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” -Buddha
Buddha urges you to live for today. That depressive episode you had yesterday doesn’t matter today. You have a completely clean slate that you can do whatever you want with.
4 – “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” -Confucius
Confucius delivers some very true advice about learning to live with your depression: you’re not going to completely beat it in a day. You have to work through the hard times, understand why they’re hard, and use that knowledge the next time you’re in a depressive episode to make it a little less hard.
5 – “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
Larson’s quote gives some sound advice. In order for you to really be successful in working around your depression, you have to believe you can do it in the first place. You can’t possibly overcome an obstacle if you don’t believe you can overcome it.
6 – “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Learning how to live with your depression is the first step to becoming stronger. We should not be ashamed of our depression, instead, we should be proud of how much stronger it has made us. We should be compassionate to anyone who isn’t quite there in terms of their battle with depression and help them grow stronger.
7 – “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
If you want to learn how to live with your depression, you aren’t going to get there by trying to force it. Something that seems impossible today could very well be something you find easy to do later down the line. Don’t give up and go slowly and you’ll find yourself doing much better than you were in the past.
8 – “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Even if you think you’ve completely overcome your depression, there will always be those times when it comes back and challenges you. Hanh recommends we not shut down and let our day be ruined, but smile, take a breather, and take this day a bit slower than the rest. Like the previous quote, trying to force anything will just make you more miserable.
9 – “You are not your illness.” –Julian Seifter
Seifter delivers some advice all of us should remember. Just because it may feel like depression rules our life, we are separate from it. While it may feel like depression completely controls your life, just remember you are a lovely person and your depression is completely separate from who you are.
10 – “You Don’t Have to Control Your Thoughts. You Just Have to Stop Letting Them Control You.” – Dan Millman
Depression can give you obsessive thoughts that can plague your everyday life. Instead of beating yourself up for having these thoughts, Dan Millman encourages you to be kinder to yourself. Your depressive thoughts can say terrible things, but if you just let them pass on by without paying them any heed, you’ll find that you’re a much happier person.
11 – “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
When you’re learning to live with your depression, retaining hope is the most important thing to remember. Yesterday’s depressive episodes or anxiety attacks can help you learn and have hope for a better day tomorrow.
12 – “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” -C. S. Lewis
Part of learning to live with your depression is learning to stop dwelling on all of the bad things that happened in the past. Sometimes when I fall asleep, I remember one or two embarrassing events that make me feel awful. I still have to tell myself that those events happened in the past and no one remembers them but me. It’s hard to do, but keeping your mind focused on the positive things in life makes you feel much better overall.
13 – “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha
This is the most important quote on this list. Depression whispers little lies into your ear that makes you doubt and hate yourself, but making a habit of telling yourself those lies aren’t true is the first step to making yourself feel better. It’s also just a really good piece of advice for pretty much anyone. Loving thyself more than anyone else makes you a happier, nicer person and it even makes you feel better.
Depression sucks. But by learning to fight against all those mean voices in your head and loving yourself, you can begin the long road to healing. It’s going to be hard, but know that there are people out there that love and care for you no matter what. If those niggling little voices in your head try to tell you lies, remind yourself of that.