Many of us will battle with depression at some point in our lives.
With today’s blog post, I’d like to provide you with three tips or ideas that have been valuable to me.
These ideas, tips, and strategies are ones I’ve learned through a great deal of trial and error in my own life, and I hope that you will find them helpful.
It’s easy to offer simple advice. I don’t think there is a sure-fire cure for the challenges, difficulties, or problems we face.
My goal with this post is to give you a good starting point to face any issues you have with depression.
When You Feel Depressed, Don’t Automatically Believe that “Nothing Will Help”
As I wrote this title, I recognize that I need this advice as much as anyone else.
When we feel a sense of despair in life, it’s easy to give in to the thought that “nothing will work” and then conclude that a new idea isn’t worth the effort.
In reality, this negative belief has no basis for truth.
Many people have overcome depression. There are many successful people who have beaten the odds and have risen from different types of challenges, heartaches, and trials in life.
I’d like to encourage you to hold onto the belief that you can find the help you need, and that quality of your life can improve.
Step outside of your comfort zone. Learn what you can. Take action on the ideas you learn. Life can get better.
It all depends upon the ideas and beliefs you think about.
In the past several years, I’ve gathered a good library of books on anxiety, depression, success, personal development, and on the topics of adversity and resilience.
In too many instances, I’ve read partway through many of them. I’m beginning to change that, though. I’m starting to finish two of the ones I started.
I’m beginning to see some positive changes in my own life. My attitude towards life has improved. It’s been a slow improvement in some areas. I am a “work-in-progress.” I’m discovering new things and ideas that are helping me.
Most of all, I’ve discovered that there are many things I still need to learn. It’s part of life.
Please don’t give in to the despair of thinking that “this idea won’t help.” Use each day as a learning experience. Your life will be better with this wise decision. It’s a choice I wish I’d made years ago.
Don’t Allow Your Circumstances to Determine Your Emotional Well-Being
This is a tough piece of advice to follow. I wish I could give you an easy a-b-c type of solution to remember and follow this advice.
In the past, I was too easily thrown “off course” emotionally by the attitudes, ideas, or opinions of others, the circumstances or challenges I was facing, and my own limiting beliefs about life and the world around me.
Many of us who battle depression allow our circumstances to determine our level of well-being in life. I don’t believe that life is meant to be lived on an emotional roller coaster. When our circumstances are positive, we feel happy and content. And many other times, when we face challenges and difficulties, we often feel unhappy.
Life isn’t easy. Yet many times we expect it to be easier than it is.
I’d like to encourage you to address and rise above the problems and challenges you face in life.
It could be that these difficulties are meant to help you grow and become the person you are meant to be. Don’t give up.
Address any Issues You Have With Negative Thinking
When we battle with depression, our thinking is negative.
Years ago, I hadn’t given much thought to what I would actually think about. If anyone told me back then that my thoughts affected the quality of my life, I would likely have responded by telling them that they were being too simplistic.
Many prominent researchers, psychologists, and authors tell us that our thought lives truly impact our emotions and behaviours.
About a year ago, I downloaded a very helpful resource called “Unhelpful Thinking Habits”.
You can view this resource site with the link below. It will open in a new window from this post. Here is the site address:
Anytime I view this document, I recognize a few of these thinking habits in my own life.
These habits can be detrimental to our mental and emotional well-being.
If you struggle with these types of thinking styles, begin to challenge these types of thoughts in your own life, and see the situations you face in a more realistic way.
Awareness of these thinking traps is a vital step in any battle with depression or discouragement.
Take a few moments each day to take note of the limiting thoughts and ideas you have. Compare them with the document. I’m sure that you will discover that your thought will fit one of the twelve categories.
As you begin to think in a more realistic way, your life can improve.
I like the quote from Sigmund Freud in the image below, which says “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
Until my next post, have a great day.