While it can feel like the mountain is too high, there are ways to sidestep your dispirited thoughts; here are just three to start:
#1 Reach out
Depression is commonly linked to loneliness because it’s natural when you’re in this state to isolate yourself. Try and push yourself to remain connected to your support network of friends or family, and don’t wait for them to call or email to see how you’re doing. Pick up the phone or make plans to meet for a picnic or a coffee.
#2 Revive body, mind and soul
When you feed your senses a sudden influx of something exciting and new, a burst of oxytocin and dopamine (the feel-good hormones) let loose. Get out in nature and listen to the birds, turn on some uplifting music, brew some wonderful-smelling coffee or bake an apple pie. Same thing happens when you have something positive to look forward to: so book a massage appointment or a night-out with friends and you’ll feel better.
#3 Use positive self-talk
Whether you call it ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ or just repeating a mantra, studies prove that positive language can increase your resilience and reduce depression. Phrases such as “I am good enough,” or “Things will get better” can be extremely helpful. Try framing or posting inspirational phrases that are very personal to you around the house and make a point of saying them out loud whenever you pass by. Self-compassion is good for your soul.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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