How do you think yourself into a depressing corner?
- Are you guilty of seeing the world as black and white, right or wrong, with no room for the unexpected or compromise?
- Do you tend to generalize your experiences? Does one failure mean your life is a failure?
- Are you obsessed with “what if’s” and looming disasters? Do you wonder why you should even try?
There are hosts of ways to end up in a negative thinking rut. Challenge your usual thought patterns. Take a breath and ask yourself if they are really valid.
Fight Depression: Change the backdrop
Buried under the covers, ruminating in a darkened room, or parked in front of the TV are great places to let negative thoughts take root and grow.
It’s better to get outside and soak in the vitamin D.
Inhale like your life and mind depend on it.
Depression doesn’t care much for sunshine and fresh air.
Fight Depression: Embrace Exercise and Relaxation
Negative thoughts have a much easier time sneaking in and taking hold when you are not at your physical best.
Your brain and body need the endorphins that accompany exercise. Those natural chemicals are the key to feeling good.
Your body also needs to rest and let down. Stress and a hectic lifestyle are easily transformed into negativity. Meditate, take long baths, get a massage.
Fight Depression: Reframe your point of reference
Depression wants you all to itself. It attacks your self-worth and ability to connect with others. Negative thinking is often self-oriented, self-doubting, and self-pitying.
It just makes sense to turn your focus outward.
Fight the desire to isolate yourself with unnerving thoughts.
Reach out to friends, family, or a counselor.
Run some of your more persistent negative thoughts by other people and you may obtain a clearer, more accurate perspective.
Depression wants you down there.
Hurting, hiding, sad.
Change your mind. Don’t let it take you down.
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