Want a depression fighting tip?
Here it is:
Accept responsibility for your life.
Wait! Don’t go! I didn’t mean to make you mad. You see, it seems everyone wants to tell you that it’s not your fault if you’re suffering from depression.
And it’s true.
It’s really not your fault. But it is your responsibility. If you will accept responsibility for your life, then you can change things.
If you are not responsible for your life, how can things possibly get better?
It’s not a matter of blame. Blaming your genes… blaming your parents… blaming your brain chemicals…
“That darn serotonin deficiency – it got me again!”
If you’re depressed, there’s no doubt your brain chemicals are out of balance. That’s not the issue.
The question is: what are you going to do about it? Blaming your brain chemicals is a bit like sitting in a baby’s playpen and refusing to stand up.
Blaming anything is always counterproductive to healing.
But if I accept responsibility for my life; if I accept responsibility for my depression – I am automatically empowering myself.
And empowerment heals.
That’s why accepting responsibility is such a good depression fighting tip.
So what does it mean, exactly?
What is responsibility as it relates to depression?
It means I am in charge of my life. Not in control; but in charge. Big difference in those two words!
Maybe I can’t control depression – but I can certainly seek to be in charge of my life. (And maybe being in charge means using antidepressants… or maybe not.)
But it certainly means facing up to my unwanted thoughts and feelings and pain. By bringing them closer rather than continuously trying to push them away.
Bringing them closer so I can feel them and release them.
Responsibility means not running away from the parts of me that I fear and despise… the parts of me I hate.
“I hate my depression – I want to get away from it!”
That’s not being responsible. (Although it’s very understandable!)
The best depression fighting tip is to face up to the parts of you that revolt you and disgust you. Because it’s the only way you’ll be free of them!
Try to repress the voice of depression and it will speak louder. Just like the ignored spouse or the ignored child. Just like anything that has a voice which desperately wants to be heard.
And what’s more desperate than your depression?
In addition to accepting and facing the unwanted parts of yourself, it’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead someone to such a painful place.
I almost feel guilty because my life has become so enjoyable and so easy. Especially since I remember how miserable I used to be.
Basically it comes down to making one slight shift in what you do everyday, and you can watch in amazement as your life slowly begins to start working out in almost every way.
It’s such an important change that I’ve written a complete e-book about it. And I’d like to give you a copy for free. All you have to do is write your first name and primary email address into the space below, and you’ll be receiving a link to download the e-book right away.