The Surprising Upside to Wallowing in Despair

Despair figure with happy silhouetteWho is there among us who hasn’t felt the chill of despair at one time or another?

With the cold, gray winter enveloping so many of us, I thought this might be a good time to review some emotional survival tips, and underline the happy truth that wallowing in despair can bring rich rewards.

There is such a thing as severe depression. That’s what medication is for, and it can literally be a life-saver.

But for the millions suffering from losses in the past or the present while still going about their business, working through those sad, bad feelings with constructive wallowing can lift the dark veil and bring new life, just in time for spring.

Despair isn’t something we do to ourselves; we don’t choose it. We come by it honestly, through living.

When we let something or someone be important to us, we become vulnerable to loss.

When we allow ourselves to know how much we hurt, we open ourselves to the truth that we’ve been wounded. Sometimes deeply.

We need to heal.

That’s the bottom line.

Despair is a signal that something inside us needs healing.

Click the link below to read this week’s post and, as always, let me know what you think:

3 Good Reasons to Wallow in Despair | Psychology Today

0 thoughts on “The Surprising Upside to Wallowing in Despair”

  1. “With the cold, gray winter enveloping so many of us…”
    Sorry, this made me chuckle because I was just mentally grouching about the sunny glare against my computer screen because it was making it difficult to start reading your blog post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Life’s little ironies! I’m right there with you, Bookishheather. Portlandia is enjoying a nice, clear, sunny morning today. It’s weird to think that winter is actually happening right now in other parts of the country.


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