Practice depression help thankfulness every day for your depression help routine.
|"I am thankful for my beautiful family, I am thankful for the sunrises bringing warm daylight every day, I am thankful for internet technology that keeps me connected with friends and family"
Depressed people tend to hover on the negative aspects in life. We
take most day-to-day experiences, we process them through our brain, and
usually assign them some negative, self-defeating meaning.
I'll term these expressions as "negative self talk."
Take Sally who is trying to reconcile her differences with her
husband Joey. They are in good terms, and making progress. She turns
to surprise him with a hug, but accidentally trips with Joey's shoe and
hurts her toe painfully.
Her mind processes and even says it out loud, "the universe is telling me, loving Joey is painful."
The universe didn't provide that negative self talk. Her learned and practiced way of thinking did.
Practicing depression help thankfulness techniques increase your resilience and the ability to stay positive.
I do not advocate for unrealistic positive thinking. If you
don't know how to swim, you can't jump in deep water and expect to start
swimming just by positive affirmations...
But you can appreciate the beautiful deep blue sea, with it's
colors and wonderful fresh air, and breathtaking sunsets. Learning to
appreciate that, can bring you health and happiness.
Here are a few reasons why depression help thankfulness is important for anybody, and especially as a depression help tool:
- Thankfulness interrupts your thinking pattern, and learned behavior. Recognize and interrupt the ruminating and negative self talk.
Even during situations of turmoil in our lives, such as job
loss, thankfulness has a person shift from self-defeating thoughts into
- Thankfulness generates a new pattern of generating positive outlook in life. A positive outlook is a key ingredient to true enjoyment and happiness.
Positive thinking, generates opportunities in life. These
opportunities (for work, relationships, new adventures, etc) tend to
have a snowball effect, giving you more chances for gratefulness and
more chances to enjoy what life provides.
- Thankfulness gives us permission to enjoy life.
According studies(1), people who practice gratitude can cope with
stress better, are happier, and benefit from greater physical health.
So we now have some good reasons to be thankful. Lets get started on being thankful.
How To Be Thankful
Here are a few tips on how to be thankful and use this as a depression help thankfulness tool.
- Keep A Gratitude Journal. Write at least three things a day that you are thankful for.
Sometimes the list may be difficult to come up with. If so,
just start as simple and obvious as you can, like thanking the sun for
rising every day.
Writing has powerful effects on our mind, body and spirit. The
thoughts we create and record in writing tend to have a longer lasting
effect in our minds than just thinking or talking about it.
When we commit to write our thankfulness, we are forced to brainstorm...
It is hard to just make a gratitude list in our minds when we are
feeling depressed. Even under a neutral state of mind, just thinking
and saying what you are thankful for can be too quick and elusive.
- Write A Thankful Note On Something You May Be Struggling About. This challenges and interrupts our way of thinking directly into what we are struggling against.
Dig out something positive. Is your struggle teaching you a
lesson in life? Be thankful that you will be more prepared to recognize
the situation in the future and avoid it, or do something different
- Write A Top 100 Thankful list. Doing a long
list like this is a lot easier than you'd think, and it's a great
practice to do once. Although you can repeat as often as you like.
Use all your senses to build your gratitude list. Write what
you are thankful for that you can touch, smell, see, hear and taste.
Then just let your ideas flow.
Keep this list in your journal or somewhere safe where you can
refer to it. Add to the list, or even make a new list in the future.
There are plenty of opportunities to be thankful. The more opportunities
we do use, the healthier, happier, and more successful we will become.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good
Use depression help thankfulness along with the treatments for depression tool kit to end depression.
Bring gratitude to the surface with as many thankful thoughts you can possibly muster. You can’t ever overdo thankfulness. :-)
(1)Dr. Robert Emmons. 2007. "Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude
Can Make You Happier." Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston. Mew York.
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