Seek out positive messages
- Spend time reading, watching or listening to things that inspire you and give you hope. Don’t settle for fluffy messages though. Keep an eye out for positive but realistic Fluffy messages might make you feel good in the moment, but they’re not your friend in the long-run. They can lead you down the wrong path.
Give yourself an outlet
- Write down your thoughts in a journal. Actually, you don’t even need a journal. You can just grab a piece of paper and write down everything you’re thinking. Then rip it up and throw it in the garbage. At least you’re getting your thoughts out in the open where you can see them. This makes it easier to let them go. Ripping the paper up and throwing it in the garbage is also a way of letting go.
- Have a candid conversation with someone you trust.
- Do work that’s import to you. Even if you can only do it on the side. Get involved in something that’s important to you or create something that’s important to you. There are more opportunities to do this now than ever before.
- The term “workout” is a good metaphor, because exercise really does help you work some things out of your body and out of your mind. It’s a de-stressor and can help provide better clarity of mind. As long as you’re not over-training. Over-training can cause increased anxiety, and injuries that may never go away. Moderation is important.
- Although it’s counter-intuitive when I struggle with depression I push myself to give to others. Find the crossroads between what you’re best at and what will be most rewarding, not only to you, but to other people. We should be doing things that will make the world a better place and avoiding things that don’t. We usually think about what’s best for ourselves but fail to look at the impact we may be having on other people. We often don’t realize that serving the needs of the world, rather than merely our own, is usually what’s best for us. Volunteer at a shelter, become part of the boys & girls club, whatever you feel your heart pulled towards – do that.
Give your concerns to God
- Be thankful for what you have, every day.
- Be mindful of your thoughts. Observe them, and let them go, trusting that God will work things out for you.
Focus on your breathing
- Look up and focus on your breathing. Take notice of your in-breaths and out-breaths. This will help you stop thinking so much. It gets you out of your head and centered in the present moment, reconnected to your body and what’s going on around you.
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