Are you feeling cast down? Does something in your life feel off? That could mean that you’re in a toxic situation.
I was in a couple of bad situations that were slowly poisoning me mentally and emotionally. The problem was that I didn’t fully realize it was slowly breaking me down until I was fairly deep into it. I knew I was unhappy, but I wasn’t fully aware of how toxic it had become to me.
It can be hard to identify these toxins sometimes; they often seep into our lives so slowly that we don’t realize they’re there until it’s too late. And by that time we’re stressed, unhappy and in chaos. That poison can lead to depression, anger, sadness, frustration, loss of confidence and all kinds of crappy stuff.
Once I realized what was happening I started looking for ways out. Once I got my chance I left and haven’t looked back. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders! I have struggled with deep depression that had become particularly dark recently and realized that both situations (the ones I was leaving) had been heavily contributing to the darkness in my life.
Sometimes feeling down and depressed is due to a chemical imbalance, but other times it’s occurring because of the situations in life.
I am now feeling happier and am in a more positive situation. My mental state is slowly improving (though counseling and medication are part of this) and I’m more hopeful about the future. I only wish I had seen it sooner.
If you are feeling dark, hopeless, listless, take a close look at your surroundings. Is a relationship bringing you down? Is a working situation destroying your confidence? Are you somewhere that isn’t the right fit for you? If so, start planning your escape or start working towards tweaking it for the better. And pray about it. God will lead you to the light!