Thoughts create your world. If you think a thought over and over again, you will get it. Here is an example: if someone says, “I am depressed”, and they say this over and over again, they will most likely become depressed. Even if a person just says, “I am sad” over and over again, the person will become sadder and more depressed. It’s like old saying, “The better it gets, the better it gets. The worse it gets, the worse it gets.” Life is like this. If you think a negative thought long enough, you will manifest it in your life. If you think a positive thought long enough, you will get positive results.
You must turn your negative thought into positive thoughts. Let’s look at the same saying, “I am depressed.” I would tell this client to say, “YES, I am happy and content in my life.” This way, you turn your negative thought into a positive thought. Every time you want to say the negative affirmation, “I am depressed”, replace it with your new positive affirmation, “YES, I am happy and content in my life.” It will take time, but in a few weeks, instead of automatically thinking of depression, you will think of being happy.
Sometimes, clients will come to me, and we discuss changing our thoughts from negative to positive and they want instant results. This process takes time and hard mental work. You will revert to thinking in a negative way. This is because you’re so used to thinking in a negative way, it’s very natural for you. When you start thinking in a negative way, just think to yourself or say out loud, “I don’t need these thoughts anymore.” Repeat this process every time you think of a negative thought. In a few weeks, you will reprogram your brain to stop thinking in a negative way. In time, you will think in a positive way automatically, just like you think in a negative way, right now.
I know, for me, this process works. For people who have read my articles, you know I have suffered from depression in some form or another most of my adult life. I changed my negative thinking into positive thinking. It took months of thinking in a more positive way to get small results, but I did. I never gave up, and it really helped me eventually.
Another great exercise to do is, as you’re saying your positive affirmation, “YES, I am happy and content in my life”, I want you to envision what that looks like in your mind. So, I would envision myself having fun, going out with friends, and laughing. I would think of myself hiking up a mountain and looking at the great view when I got to the top. Each person will be different, so you just have to think of things that make you smile and happy.
Another great exercise I have learned and read about is to look at yourself in the mirror for two minutes and smile. I know what you’re thinking; I’m nuts. But if you smile and look at yourself in the mirror, you can’t help but feel a little better. Now, you should know that smiling is good for you. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, smile. It will make you happy on the inside, and you will show it on the outside.
Now, depression and mental disorders are very serious, and if you are depressed, you should ask your doctor for help. There is nothing in the world wrong with asking for help. If you need to be on medication, there is nothing wrong with that. My personal belief is there is a form of medicine for everyone.
My point is, what works for me or anyone else might not work for you. The same is true for you. You might have found a great system that works for you, but it might not work for someone else you know. This is why I love being alive right now. With this article, I can share with you what has worked for me, and it might help people, and I hope you, as the reader, would do the same. If you find something that helps your depression, tell people. It can’t hurt, and it might help someone. Never be ashamed of asking for help.
If I can be of any help, please let me know. I know, having and dealing with depression can be hard and frustrating, but trust me; a brighter day is right around the corner. Just don’t give up. You are a very special person.
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