The only requirement for depression self-help is the willingness to start a new habit. I’ll show you how.
This is not hard stuff.
Creating New Habits
We all have habits and rituals. These habits have taken us to where we are today.
They make us who we are, what we’ve become and how we feel.
I know when I was depressed, when I look back at my habits, I had a set of daily rituals that supported my ability to feel depressed.
Specifically for me, my habits that contributed to my depression were:
• I ate poorly (by this I mean non-nutritiously)
• I stayed up until way past midnight, even though I had to get up early for work or to care for the kids on the weekend.
• I let my body be idle most of the day.
• I often dwelled about the things I have not achieved enough of (success, money, love, etc)
• I dwelled about my losses and misfortunes in life (loss of job, loss of a marriage, loss of a daughter, etc)
• I slouched, looked down.
• I frowned and/or cried often (I’d often hide and do this in the bathroom at home or even at work)
• The list goes on…
Do any of these sound familiar to you? Take a moment to think about and list the habits you’re doing that contributes to your depression.
Perhaps there may have been a chemical imbalance in my brain. But if I would’ve taken the most effective anti-depressants on the market (and I took many), the meds would not have done anything to change the very effective habits I had ingrained in myself to achieve depression.
There were no meds involved. Rather it was a shift in habits.