I have been trying something different this weekend in my approach to my depression. It all came about when I woke up feeling down on Saturday morning, feeling negative is not a good thing for me as it stresses me out and causes my bowels to play up.
“too much information” I hear you cry! But am I seriously the only person out there with this issue caused by stress? Well I am pretty sure its stress that causes it as blood tests have found nothing wrong!
But I digress, my newest solution was to THINK POSITIVE! sounds simple doesn’t it but negativity plays a big part in depression and is one of the hardest issues to deal with.
Revisit my blog on https://thedepressedmoose.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/the-negative-thinking-challenge/ for more about this issue but what I want you to think about is the POSITIVES.
- What are your strengths?
- What are you best features?
- What have you done to be proud about?
- What do you offer to people?
- Describe yourself using 5 POSITIVE ADJECTIVES. Start with the words “I AM” (example I AM BEAUTIFUL)
Just try it even if for a few minutes, finding positive things to say about ourselves is never easy but sometimes you can surprise yourself with what you come up with it may even help you.
It is nice to think of yourself in a positive light for a change I have been focusing on the positives of writing this blog as it has really enabled me to express myself properly, as well as the thought that I am helping people too.
Of course the problem with depression is that the concept of thinking positive is not one we are able to consider. How many times have you complained about having a bad day? compare it to how many times you have said “I’m having a good day!” or on a lesser scale “I’m having a better day”.
It is so much easier to focus on the negatives, whats going wrong in our lives always stands out more but by trying to focus on the good things you have done to fight depression you are showing strength which can be the first step to winning!
Here is a list of my recent positive thoughts that made last week my best week in years………
- I am a good writer and people LIKE my blog
- I am not as fat looking as I think I am
- I am better looking than I think I am
- I am helping people
- I am loved
Being positive changed my down feelings at the start of the weekend into a good mood and although this wont work for everyone, it may not even work for me next time. Where is the harm in at least trying it?
The hardest part of the battle will be the “I can’t” feelings but I believe “you can”! so try it for me and see how it goes.
Carrying on from the strange songs in my head there has been a second song now going round my head. Here are the lyrics from the first couple of verses
You can do anything that you want to do
Put your mind, body and soul to it,
Prove it to yourself and say
I want (I want), I will (I will),
I can do anything.
It’s a difficult world and you have got to prove
That you’re ready and you can do it.
Nothing in this world would stop you,
I know, I can, I will fulfill my dreams.
The tone of the lyrics dont quite fit with the song genre as you will find here but sometimes you find inspiration in the most unusual places. Here is the video for the song by Livin Joy called Don’t Stop Moving
Until the next time!
Garry “the new mr motivator” :0)