When you feel depressed, do you try to help yourself out of it by thinking? And yet, has your mind ever given you really bad advice while you’re depressed? Often we retreat within our depression to be alone with our thoughts and “figure things out”. We’ll push people away and stop doing what we love. This is the worst thing we can do for ourselves during depression. Why? Being depressed involves over thinking, listening to the same negative thoughts over and over. When we’re in a negative space, the last thing we need is to think more or make decisions about our future. We tend to believe we can solve our problems with by thinking and yet thinking is the root of most of our emotional problems. 💛
A question to ask yourself while you’re depressed is: “What is the problem right NOW?”. You’ll find that 9/10 the problem isn’t occurring at this moment; the mind is either trying to solve a problem that hasn’t even happened yet or it’s being regretful about the past. By asking “what is the problem right NOW?”, you may come to realize there isn’t one. Sometimes the only problem is “I feel awful and I don’t know why”. Either way, don’t attempt to think your way into feeling better; get out of your mind and into your body by doing something physical. Just keep moving, do anything other than isolate yourself with your thoughts. 💛
What are things you can do to feel better when you’re depressed? All the things depression tries to keep you from doing. Go outside, go for a walk, work out, do something creative, sing, dance, play, talk to someone, help someone out, cook something new, learn something new, do that thing you’ve been putting off, do anything that makes you present. I know this is difficult when you’re feeling low but you’ll get a different feeling moving within your body by focusing your attention on the present moment. Even if all you do is go through the motions, you’ll feel better than if you let depression stop you completely. 💛
Continue to say YES to life. Go about your life as if everything is going to be okay because sooner rather than later, it will be.
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