Reframe your depression
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
What if depression is, in fact, a blessing?
This sounds ridiculous the first time you hear it, I know - that was my reaction.
But what if, as Aristotle suggested, depression can be of great value, because of the insights it can bring us.
Depression forces you to look at yourself in a way you may never have done before, to evaluate your life, your relationships, your feelings, your beliefs.
It forces you to consider who you have become, and how that stands against who you thought you would be.
It holds a mirror to your soul.
I've come to understand that depression, despite how it may feel, is not a disease, the end point of some pathological process. It is a sign that our lives are out of balance, that we're stuck.
It's a wake-up call and the start of a journey that can help us become whole and happy, a journey that can change and transform our lives.
Depression can help us realise where the life we are living is not serving us, and can be the beginning of a transformative process of self-awareness.
In this way then, depression can be viewed as an opportunity to grow. Rather than letting it deplete our life of all joy, it can be a catalyst for rebirth into a new life of hope, love and meaning.