Let’s get Happy! Can we really unlearn depression? Of course we can. We can decide how much of it we allow into our lives. It’s natural to feel depressed. It’s not about getting rid of it. It is more about managing it and not letting it control our lives. Here is the deal with “happy.” It takes work and commitment to be happy, whereas, depression requires no effort. It is easy to have depression. It takes a lot of effort to climb up a mountain but takes very little effort to fall down it. Happiness requires the daily climb and it can be exhilarating if you see that being happy is your right and the result of your taking responsibility for it.
Love Yourself Already!
There is so much to love. If you cannot see this, then imagine what you would like to be and start living this image as if you are already that. If that still does not work, then give to someone else and let that kindness you offer to them return to you and uplift you.
Focus on the Positive
If you find your thoughts are going negative, redirect them. Happiness is not about your circumstances it is about your attitude.
Take Care of Your Diet
A vegetarian diet is best for depressed people because it lowers frustration/anger. What you feed your stomach feeds your brain. To feel alive eat living foods and eat lots of colour. Pretty food equals a pretty mood.
There is nothing better for the emotions then some endorphins. We need to release our energy constructively. The other benefits are that when we work out we feel more alive, sexy and attractive
There are so many things to be grateful for. Find and focus on those things and write them down when you are feeling down. This will make an immediate shift in your mood.
Imagine & Be Creative in Your Dreams
Your opportunities are limitless with a little action put towards them. If you come across a new idea, capture it and write it down. Once you write it down you make it real. Once it’s real you can take action towards it a little bit a time. You will see that one idea expands into another and another. As you write them down the ideas grow and come together and your life begins to change. Think of how many amazing ideas are underneath the ground at a graveyard. How many great ideas were never made real and so they could have no life. Do not let yourself be one of those people. Capture your life today with the simple act of writing down a great idea and living it just a little each day. Believe in yourself.
Get Out of the Trap of Comparison
You are enough as long as you are committed to being in action in your life and doing your best. If you are not doing this, start today.
Reading is incredibly empowering. It helps you gain knowledge and learn skills to help you solve your problems. It helps you to explore yourself and to explore your life. The more you know about yourself and how you function, the better your decisions will be. In this way you become your own best decision maker.
Keep Your Mind Busy
Depression starts from boredom. Depression will be a part of your life just do not let it be the star of your show. Feel it, make sense of it, and move through it.
Have People to Talk to
... and a place of belonging where you can express yourself. If you do not have close people to do this with, then write in a journal and be your own best confidant. You can also seek out a spiritual space or a therapist to help you find that place of belonging.
Little life message: If you can learn depression, you can take these steps to unlearn it!
Dr. Sherrie Campbell is an author and a licensed Psychologist with more than nineteen years of clinical training and experience. She provides practical tools to help people overcome obstacles to self love and truly achieve an empowered life. She is a featured expert on a variety of national websites and has a successful practice in Southern California. Receive free insights from Sherrie and to be involved in her Facebook community of others looking to improve their relationship. For more information visit http://www.sherriecampbellphd.com.