Today I will be talking about suicide. This is the kind of topic which is seen as a taboo subject but I would really like to change that so that you can realise that you are not the only one who has had suicidal thoughts.
Suicide makes you believe that you will always feel this way. You feel like you have no hope, that nothing will ever change, and the future seems too far away and complicated to even imagine.
The future is unwritten; anything can happen. There is no guarantee that things will get better but there is also no guarantee that things will get worse.
One trick that you may use to help prevent believing the lies that suicide makes you believe is called “future time imaging”. During this exercise you have to imagine yourself in 1 year, in 5 years, in 20 years and so on. This exercise encourages a person to imagine different roles that they might find themselves in; as well as, different situations.
A few questions would include: “where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”, “what career do you see yourself pursuing?”, “where would you like to live in a few years time?” and so on.
Unfortunately, many people suffering from suicidal thoughts tend to be stuck in the present; in such a way that they are not able to look beyond the present. You might envision suffering in the future; however, during these times you should keep in mind that you have suffered before and you have gotten through it so I have no doubt in my mind that you will manage to get through this rough patch.
To help yourself cope with the pain that you are going through I would strongly suggest practicing mindfulness, going to the gym, doing yoga, connect with other people who might be going through a similar situation, do things that are on your bucket list and most importantly believe in yourself, because you are strong.
As much as you might not want to live right now, I have no doubt in my mind that your future self will be glad that you are alive. Life can and will definitely surprise you.
“I want you to be alive, you don’t gotta die today”