Ten Don't of Depression
Based on the book Depression is a Choice
be caught unaware without a plan of action for when depression
hits. You need a check list to prepare yourself just as
if you are going on a trip. Because depression is a trip
that you need particular things for that will help you
get out of it. Choose three thoughts that you are going
to think. A nursery rhyme: "Row, row, row your boat,"
The 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall
not want, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
he restoreth my soul," "Yes, yes, yes, yes,
yes, yes." Write them down. Choose three chores to
do when you are depressed. Write them down. Do them while
you are thinking one of those three thoughts. Keep going.
Keep thinking. Keep doing your chores. Often you can segue
from this directly into your regular non-depressed routine.
ignore that warning down-feeling. Confront your depression
right away. "Oh I know what this is." This is
depression. Okay now I have to do what's on my depression
do the habitual things that you always do when you're
depressed. Habitual depressive routines help you maintain
a direct neuronal connection to your depression. Break
the depression mind-set. Your body will be screaming at
you to go to bed, to not put on make-up, to not open the
curtains. Scream back a neutral thought in your mind while
you do those very things. Don't do what your depression
wants. Depression is a bully. Face it down.
you usually go to bed, don't.
you usually don't wear make-up. Put it on.
you usually close all the curtains, leave them
to the park.
to the movies.
remain immobile-move around, do any kind of walking-around,
jiggling yourself kinds of exercises; jog; do a few jumping
jacks. The less you move your body, the more your depression
has a chance to settle itself in on you. Dance a bit.
Not because you will feel like dancing but because depression
hates it when you dance.
talk in a weak, sad, voice. Get some jokes off the Internet
and tell them to somebody. Or tell them to yourself. Laugh.
It doesn't matter if it is a fake laugh. Fake laughs break
your neuronal connection to depression.
let yourself look like you are in pain. Go to the mirror
and smile at yourself. Make funny faces. Laugh at them.
You won't feel like laughing, of course. You will feel
like being depressed. Laugh anyway. You are not laughing
because anything is funny. You are laughing because it
breaks your neuronal connection with depression. The longer
you can laugh, the bigger the break.
Don't pay attention to your depression. Paying attention
to your depression maintains a direct neuronal connection
to your depression. Paying attention to anything else
breaks the direct neuronal connection with your depression
for as long as you can pay attention to something else.
think about yourself. That sounds preachy, I know. Don't
think about yourself, yadda yadda. But thinking about
yourself maintains the mind-set of depression. You are
not really thinking about yourself you are just thinking
about your depression. The way you don't think about yourself
is to think about someone else. Send someone a healing.
Pray for someone.
give in to your depression. Any physical action or thought
that you do other than thinking about your depression
will help to weaken your depression because depression
is the idea that you are helpless and nothing will work.
Work works. Singing works. Friends work. Jogging works.
Praying works. Going to the movies works. Maybe not perfectly
but anything works better than thinking about your depression
so don't think about your depression. Think anything else.