It is extremely difficult to think and feel positive when struggling with depression. Here are some tips to help your mindset.
- Surround yourself with your cheerleaders. During your struggles with mental illness you may have experienced times when others have judged you. Perhaps even the people closest to you such as some family members or friends may have been judgmental. It is so important to have cheerleaders in your life, people who understand and support you. Those are the people who will be there for you through the most difficult times and will pick you up rather than put you down. Some people have found support groups to be a great place to find cheerleaders, and they themselves have been cheerleaders for others. Just as your cheerleaders can help and support you, you in turn can help and support someone else. It feels great to help someone else.
- Begin each day on a positive note. This could be listening to a happy song, repeating a positive phrase in your mind like “today is going to be a good day”, or thinking of something you are grateful for. Here is one of my favourite youtube videos.
I Gotta Feeling That Today’s Gonna Be a Good Day
- Get moving. This is easier said than done when you are depressed. Sometimes getting out of bed can be like climbing Mt. Everest. Small changes to your daily routine can help. Try going for a short walk. Take in your surroundings and appreciate simple things like the Fall colours, a dog walker with their dog, or a child playing. If mornings are too rushed for you, take your walk later in the day. You may find a few morning stretches and deep breathing exercises in the morning may help to get you off to a good start. My day has been enriched by some of the lovely things I have discovered on my morning walk. This is what I saw on today’s walk, September 21, 2015. The beginning of Fall Splendour.