5 Inspiring Thoughts To Have Before You Start Your Day

5 Inspiring Thoughts To Have Before You Start Your Day

Remind yourself that you have the power to change your life for the better.

In our fast-paced society, sometimes we may be too busy interacting with others to stop and reflect on ourselves and our goals. Self-improvement and self-realization are two important qualities that everyone should have if they want to live a fulfilling life, and the only way to achieve that is to constantly contemplate if the way you are choosing to live is bringing happiness to you and those around you. So here's a list of five things you should tell yourself so that you can live life to the fullest.

1. You are enough.

There are always others out there who appear to be superior to you in terms of material wealth, amount of friends or number of accomplishments. But remember, no matter who you are, you are always in the "middle" in some aspect of your life. For example, there could be someone who graduated valedictorian from Harvard and started their own successful business, but there is also someone who is starving in the outskirts of a poor village in Africa.

Where you are is where you were meant to be, and there is ALWAYS a way to move to a higher level of satisfaction; with hard work and will, you can go anywhere. There is no special trick to life. You are born with the tools you need to survive and succeed, so remember, you are enough. You are all it takes to find and claim happiness.

2. Be true to yourself — don't pretend.

Life is too short to pretend to be something you are not. If you are not comfortable with the way you are living, then it is your right to change things until it fits your comfort level. Engage with people who you will not feel ashamed or pressured around. Fitting in with a pre-defined norm is useless. Find the colors within yourself and paint the canvas that is life.

The human face can act like a mask. What you mistake for happiness on others' faces can be despair or anger. Just act according to what you believe in and hope others do the same. The rest will fall into place. At the same time, do not compare your behind the scenes to someone else's highlighted performance. Placing someone on a pedestal can make you forget that you exist on a pedestal to others.

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3. Spread kindness.

Everyone at one point becomes enraptured with the flame of anger, overwhelmed with the force of their turbulent emotions and insecurities. But imagine what a happy place our earth could be if we understood each other and opted to solve conflicts by spreading kind words and compassion. It is understandable that not every fight can be fixed by understanding and empathy, but our hearts do not have to be unnecessarily burdened by harsh comments; if we took steps to rationally identify the problem and possible solutions without questioning the other person's intentions, we would all lead relatively peaceful lives.

4. Think carefully.

Every action, no matter big or small, comes with a domino effect of consequences. If you can identify how your actions can influence others before they actually do, then you can prevent miscommunications and a misguided sense of thinking that can impact your relationships with others. Thinking logically can be tough, especially when you are blinded by strong, biased feelings, but the better you can push your feelings aside and focus on the problems at the hand, the better you can figure out how to put the solution ahead of prolonging the problem.

5. Push negativity away.

One of the biggest problems in life is not getting a bad grade or cutting off ties with a toxic individual but how you overcome failures and deal with loss. Negativity can turn a happy, carefree person into an individual who feels as though they are plagued with hopelessness. Pushing negativity away is the most difficult thing to do for those who suffer from depression and anxiety attacks.

I myself felt the strain of peer pressure during high school, and though I know a lot of people have it worse than me, I could not imagine their internal turmoil. There is no way we can win all the time. We must embrace our losses so that we can move forward knowing our inner weaknesses. It truly takes a strong person to see the light behind the darkness, but it pays off when you can reach happiness through bumpy ride that is life.

Remind yourself of these five things, and I can assure you that you will be able to see your life in a clearer perspective. So go out, seize the day and find that happiness within yourself. It is the greatest treasure that one can be ever so lucky to find.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Things Nobody Told Me About Depression, But I Really Wish Somebody Would Have

I was diagnosed with depression six months ago. These are some of the things that I wish I had known sooner.


There are a ton of things about having depression that no one will tell you. For example, something that no one ever told me about depression is that I have it.

I was diagnosed with depression in December of 2018 - just six months ago. But my therapist tells me that, based on what I've said about my mental state, I've likely had depression since elementary school, if not earlier.

The fact that I've had depression for so long and not know about it only goes to show how easy it is for one to live with mental health issues and never know it.

The fact that I apparently developed depression at such an early age only goes to show that mental health issues do not exclusively affect people only after they have lived and experienced all that life can throw at them.

The fact that I have had a pretty good life - a loving family, success in academics, never experiencing severe poverty - only goes to show that mental health issues are not always caused by shitty life experiences and traumas.

These are all things that no one ever told me about depression, and things that I never knew until I got to college and took a psychology class focused on mental health issues.

I did not know that depression can hide for years without you ever knowing about it.

I did not know that depression can manifest even in young children.

I did not know that depression can affect even those living happy lives.

These are things no one tells you about depression.

These are things that I had to learn by myself, and things that I am still learning how to compromise with the reality of my own life experience.

It's no one person's fault that I didn't know these things, it was the fault of a societal system that didn't know it needed to be concerned with such things. The early 2000s, when my young brain was developing and learning how to cope with the world, were not exactly focused on mental health in children. By the time people realized that children were suffering from depression and anxiety at earlier and earlier ages, I had already been living with my own issues for years, and I thought that my experiences and interpretations of the world around me was normal - that this was how everybody felt, that this was all normal. I didn't think that the symptoms that our counselors and teachers warned about at the beginning of each school year applied to me.

Nobody told me that depression isn't always sadness and crying.

Nobody told me that sometimes depression is a creeping grey numbness that clouds your brain. That sometimes it is a blurring and a muting of your emotions until you feel nothing at all. That such nothingness is worse than any level of sadness you would ever feel.

Nobody told me that depression isn't constant.

Nobody told me that I would have good days amid the bad ones. That every now and then, a day in a week or a day in a month or a day in a blue moon, I would have all of my emotions sharp and bright and my smiles would be as soft as they were genuine and I would relish the taste of the air around me. That these good days don't invalidate the bad days and mean that I don't have depression after all.

Nobody told me that once I was diagnosed with depression it would simultaneously feel like a weight had been lifted and like a punch to the gut all at once.

Nobody told me the relief that I would feel at the explanation and the knowledge that I might not always have to live like this. That I would also feel my understanding of my life flipped upside down, because if the way I have been experiencing the world is because of a disease, then what does that mean for the validity of my life and who I am?

Nobody told me that there would be a part of me that feared to get better, because who would I be without depression? Without this parasite that has somehow been such a constant throughout my life?

Nobody told me that I would begin to question which parts of my personality are "real" and which parts of me are the depression?

And if those two things can even be separate? And if so, will I ever be able to say I am better, if these parts of me developed through depression are still a part of me once I am "recovered"?

Nobody told me how scary that thought would be.

But what people have told me is that recovery is possible. They have told me that life gets better. That those good days that I used to find - unexpected yet welcome - could become my normal day. That I can be my own person, separate from my depression, and I can grow stronger, and happier, and more vibrant and more driven and MORE.

These are the things that people have told me, and these are the things that I remind myself of.

Nobody told me how lonely depression can be, but I hope that this article might make you feel a little less alone, and a little more prepared, and a little more understood.

I am not an expert. I still do not know everything, and my experience is my own, and in no way represents a majority or speaks on behalf of everyone out there suffering from depression. But I know now that I am not alone in my own experiences, and I hope that whoever is reading this, if you need it, maybe now you can know that you are not alone in yours.

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