If you are feeling depressed, ask yourself, “Am I doing everything that I can to decrease my depression?”
If you do not like the way that you are currently feeling, you may need to do something different, no matter how difficult, to get you snowballing in a different direction.
If you answer no to any of the following questions, you may not be doing enough to decrease your depression.
- Do I spend more time loving the people who love me rather than dwelling on the people who don’t?
- Am I getting active and exercising at least thirty minutes each day?
- Am I listening to music that inspires me?
- No matter how bad I feel, do I force myself to shower and get dressed every morning?
- Am I eating healthy foods and limiting my alcohol intake or eliminating it all together?
- Do I write down at least two things that I am grateful for everyday?
- Have I discussed my mood with my doctor?
- Do I pray and/or meditate everyday?
- Am I challenging my all or none thinking and trying to eliminate the words “always” and “never” from my vocabulary?
- Am I seeking support from others no matter how much I want to isolate myself?
- Am I forcing myself to go to bed before midnight and get out of bed before 9:00 am?
- Am I giving myself the credit that I deserve for having the courage and endurance to do the above nine things when I really want to do nothing at all?
If you have pulled yourself out of a pretty deep dark depression, we would really like to know some of the things that you did to turn your mood around. Other people who are currently in that deep dark hole may benefit from your experience.
When we find something that has worked for us, others may benefit too.
*If you are feeling severely depressed, please seek medical help immediately.