Self-Help for Depression: Can I Make Myself Happy?
A Story of Self Help. How One Woman Was Able To Help Her Own Depression
|If you met Janie, you would think that her life is in such a sunny
place. She always has a smile on her face and if you ask her about
things in her life, she will share a cute story about her children or
something interesting going on in her life or job right now.|
Janie’s closest friends know that
she struggles and has times of feeling angry, disappointed or sad but they would tell you that she does not let things get her down. She has the attitude that you only worry about things that you might be able to change and that the worry should be more about solving problems than stewing about the injustices and wrongs.
How Does Janie Impact the Depression?Janie would also tell you that she has decided that she must find ways to let go of the things that she cannot change, maybe accepting that the situation is not a good one but also knowing that her energy is better spent on making her own life, and that of her daughters, the happiest and healthiest that it can be.
You may be wondering how Janie can see the good even when life is tough. You also may be wondering if she is deluding herself about reality.
Janie is actually one of the lucky ones, born with the ability to think positively on her own. She was reared in a loving and supportive family who, while they were certainly not perfect, found many ways to help her know that she was a good person with lots of good qualities and the ability to achieve whatever she put her mind to doing. Janie grew up believing in and liking herself.
Janie also makes sure that she has time for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day, eats healthily and does her very best to get a decent night's sleep. She knows the importance of keeping herself healthy and recognizes that slogan all airline people say before a flight "Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others."
Others in tough situations are not as fortunate as Janie and have to struggle with finding ways to appreciate the good in their lives. Their self help is a little more challenging. They have to teach themselves new habits of thinking, talking and acting positively. They have to find ways to focus on the good that is present in their lives rather than the bad. Very, very hard to do when you are, or have been, programmed to think of, talk about and act as if all of the bad things have and are happening to you … and yet not impossible.
|If this is something that you are struggling with, we might be able
to help. We have met with other men and women who battle depression.|
Consider calling or emailing us to talk over what you might do to think and feel better about yourself and your life. You do not have to go through this alone.
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