Have you had a touch of the blues lately? If you’ve ever dealt with serious depression, then you can probably see the warning signs coming. Perhaps you feel slightly lethargic, or maybe you’ve struggled to pull yourself out of bed the last few days. If you suspect a full-on depressive episode is about to hit, don’t wait until it’s got you in its snares. Do something about it now, and you may be able to avoid the worst of it. Here are some proactive ways to beat depression:
• Catch Your Negative Thoughts
Although we each have thousands upon thousands of different thoughts racing through our heads every single day, most of us are too busy to keep track of them all. The trouble is that even when we don’t stop to be fully aware of negative thoughts, they can still affect our behaviors, perceptions, and yes—moods! To catch these negative thoughts before they sweep you away in a cloud of depression, keep a thought journal for a week. Every time you are aware of a negative thought, jot it down. At the end of the week, look for patterns of negative thoughts that are holding you back from feeling the complete joy and contentment you deserve. Then, create a counter-thought for each of the negative thoughts you commonly experience. When the negative thought comes to mind, unleash your counterattack and replace it with a positive thought instead. This is a sure-fire way to beat depression back and keep it from hijacking your mood.
• Beware the Company You Keep
Not only are you likely to be judged by the company you keep, but your mood may be defined by it as well. You know those people that seem to have a unique talent for putting a negative slant on just about anything? They can literally suck the joy right out of your life, so steer clear of them! Who knew that changing your lunch crowd could help you beat depression? Sometimes, it’s these small changes that can make a big difference!
• Try Practicing Different Meditation Methods
Sometimes depression can come about out of sheer boredom. You know how sometimes you feel like you’re stuck in this endless cycle of repeating the same day over and over again? It’s like the movie Groundhog Day, except you can’t hit the pause button. I know exactly how you feel. Everyone needs a little variety in life, and that includes your personal development efforts. Pick out one of the new meditation methods you haven’t tried before, and then change things up a bit.
Being proactive rather than reactive is almost always the best move in life. Why wait until a bad mood becomes a bad week, month, or year? Take steps daily to beat depression, and you’re sure to come out on top.
All the Best,