Over at PsychCentral.com, Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar has written a fantastic perspective on the value of negative emotions in our lives. Just as high tide and low tide render very different landscapes, happy times and sad times also let us explore different elements of ourselves. There are lessons to be learned from each, and neither is permanent. But when low tide starts sticking around for longer and longer, it could be a sign that depression is creeping in, commandeering the natural fluctuation of emotions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your sadness or emptiness, and if that “natural fluctuation” rarely fluctuates, this is not normal. You do deserve help. Find a therapist or counselor who can help you journey back to a place of balance.
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