Descend always makes me think of Dante going into the Seven Circles of Hell. Down and down he went until the part where Hell does actually freeze over.
It makes me think of Steven King.
It makes me think of going down, of horror movies, and Edgar Allen Poe. The dark staircases with a flashlight coming around the corner, of pyramids, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, sleuths with flashlights searching for clues.
Descend is the action, the verb. Descent is the noun, the thing.
The best thing you can do is ascend, go up. Pick the best way, the best reaction to a situation. Ascent is the noun.
Religions carry a lot of stories and beliefs about people ascending, Elijah, Jesus, Mohammed, to name a few.
The more one complains, the more they will not ascend. They will descend. Do not bring negativity into your life. Always ask that whatever this negative is to turn it into a positive situation. That’s the best way to stay away from descent and to keep going.