Depression is an illness and it a state of mind. Some sufferers prefer to believe that they are ‘depressed’ as opposed to suffering from depression, Those that constantly refer to themselves as ‘depressed’ are far less likely to overcome their illness, largely due to the fact that they have allowed their illness to define them, now be a part of them that can be released and believe you me there is a difference.
If you suffer from depression and would like nothing better than to wallow in the depths of despair, claiming ‘there is nothing I can do it’s just who I am’ then feel free to carry on however if you want to feel better and begin to enjoy life again then you can!
Depression is a state of mind which can be ‘managed’ somewhat with antidepressants however that isn’t really living is it? If depression is a state of mind then does it not make sense that you can change your ‘state of mind’ to improve how you feel? Of course you can!
The first step to any recovery is admitting that you have a problem. Once you do this then the next step can be considerably easier as most of us don’t like to admit we have a ‘problem’ especially a mental health one.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to overcome depression is to make a commitment to yourself to do something each day that you enjoy AND if preferable, that takes you out of the house, even if it is just a walk to the corner shop! Keep your targets small to begin with if confidence is an issue and literally if that means a walk round the block or to the end of the road then great because at least you have made the first step on the road to recovery! And CONGRATULATE YOURSELF FOR THIS!
A walk is a wonderful way to get out of the house and feel better. When you are out enjoy the walk! Notice what you can see, hear all the sounds that you can hear and perhaps even notice what you can smell – perhaps the flowers are in bloom or rain is on the way – but open up your senses and really live in the moment and appreciate every second of the walk.
By focusing on your external environment you are leaving behind those negative thoughts for a while by bringing your attention around to something else and the more you do this, the better you will begin to feel. Living in the moment, appreciating your surrounding, taking time to really taste and savour your food slowly, or simply watching the rain falling can all help you shift up a gear.
Mindfullness or living in the moment, as it is also known is a powerful way to help raise our vibration – by focusing on the beauty around us we are no longer focusing on the pain or negativity inside. If you struggle to get out then start by doing something inside the house (other than watching TV as this is NOT living in the moment!). Spend time focusing on a task or do something you enjoy like painting, singing or dancing – anything that makes you feel better and takes your mind off your thoughts.
If you make a commitment to yourself to so something that you enjoy doing for 10 – 15 minutes each day you will begin to notice a difference after a week and as your confidence grows then increase this time and push yourself too. If you find it hard leaving the house then walk round the garden each day but push yourself a little further each day and remember always to congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished!
Depression exists because we spend most of our time in our ‘heads’ going over and over negative thoughts/events/situations etc. and by taking time to focus on what you enjoy each day you are leaving behind your negative thought patterns and taking time to enjoy life ‘on the outside’.
If you need more help or support then try hypnotherapy, EFT or NLP and remember, there is always a choice and it is your choice whether you chose to stay with your depression or whether you wish to move on.