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HOW TO WIN THE BATTLE FOR DEPRESSION
A Different Way of Thinking
I'm no shrink but I think depression can be a tool that is telling us to slow down. We've taken on too much. It's time to do something for ourselves. Not necessarily self-indulgence, but self-renewal.
Put demands on hold for a brief period. Being overwhelmed can bring on some types of depression and be a trigger for others. Make a list of options. There are at least three to every problem! After making the list of what needs done, breaking large tasks down to many smaller ones, strike them off the list one by one and you will feel a sense of accomplishment in no time!
Instead of saying, "You kids are driving me crazy," or "My feet are killing me." Try to phrase your words in positive speech. It takes practice but I believe we can speak blessings on our lives and our children or we can speak calamity into our lives.
What we think and feel tends to be what comes out of our mouths. Changing our thoughts to positive ones will help us to speak positive words!
Abandonment and Rejection.
Abandonment and rejection, in many ways, are the same things. Most people have scars in our either our childhood or adult lives when we felt a senses of abandonment or rejection. Lack of protection, betrayal of trust, death of a loved one.
Try to forgive, not for them but for yourself.
Burning A Candle At Both Ends?
Keeping a Blessing Journal.
Though it may be difficult at first, keep a blessing journal. Often, when one is depressed, it is difficult to see the blessings in our day, but they are there. Search for them. Write them down in a journal.
At the close of each day, with practice, it will become easier to see the blessings in each day.
Music and Other Media Influences
Keep what music you listen to as positive as possible. Try to listen to positive reports and comedy forms of entertainment. This will help with the transformation of the renewed self.
Asking For Help
There is no shame in asking for help. Rely on those who love you and seek professional help for depression that is not short-term and/or without just cause. The harm in not asking for help is so much greater than the effort of trusting a friend or seeking professional help.