Mind, Body, Spirit
Helpful tips in managing your Depression
Remember Depression is an illness, which affects your BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT
If some of these little hints don`t suit you, please skip them and try and find some that do suit you.
The first little tips are designed to help heal the body.
When we were little we were soothed by the people who cared for us.
In depression it is very difficult to be soothed by others
We can try and soothe ourself.
We use all our five senses.
Taste eat some of your favourite food, chocolate, ice cream etc. take a little bit. Let it melt in your mouth;
imagine you are tasting it for the first time. Savour this experience.
Smellsome aromatic oil, which has fond memories for you. Don`t use ones, which are associated with painful memories.
Touch Stoke something soft, the cat, dog, favourite jumper. If this sounds daft, remember touch is our earliest and most important sense. Have a hug if you can.
Hearing Listen to some soothing music. Be careful not to play something which makes you feel worse,
remember music feeds directly into the emotional part of the brain.
Vision. Look at something really pleasing. Pictures of nature. Or it could be your favourite comedy DVD.
Now the worst E-word for the depressed person- Exercise what can I say? You`re lying on the couch feeling terrible. The last thing you want to do is go for a walk.
Remember we are trying to heal the body so try and go for a little stroll. The average intelligent dog
lies with his nose flat on the floor looking glum untill‘walkie’ time. Know what I mean? Our physiology is not that different so—— PLEASE TRY>
This is often a tricky part of ourselves to heal
The mind starts doing its own thing. Running on bad, negative, pessimistic fuel.
Ok so what do we do to heal the mind?
Imagine you are making a film of your life. You are the editor. The producers have told you the movie
is expected to make billions. Your favourite star is to play the adult you. Your task is to edit out all
the bad scenes and leave the good ones to show you as a fabulous person.
SPEND SOME TIME EACH MORNING AND AFTERNOON DOING TTHIS LITTLE TASK.
Think of 5 good things about yourself. If you can do 5 try 10 if 10 try 20 and so on.
Think of the worst person in the world. If they are 100% bad how do you compare? I bet you`ve given yourself too high a %age. Come on, remember we`re into healing here
and not punishment.
Imagine you are in a massive hall. In this place are all the people who have ever been depressed.
Some of the people come and talk to you; they are people who you can relate to.
They are explaining you will get better just as they have done. You don`t feel so alone.
You remember what they say to you and think it over later. You are really surprised to see some very famous
faces there from all walks of life. Wow, some of the nicest people have had depression.