Depression and Self
More Tips to Recharge your
• Have on earplugs for instant peace anytime, anyplace.
• Be taught of a meditation technique. Two
methods: Observe your thoughts as they pass through your
mind. Or, repeat a word or phrase with an uplifting
• Put into practice progressive relaxation for 20 minutes
twice a day to relive high blood pressure and other physiological
responses to stress. Make tighter and release each muscle
group in turn, starting with the soles of the feet and slowly
working up to the scalp.
• Schedule a weekend activity that is a change of your
usual routine. If your week is a lot scheduled, relax and
enjoy noncompetitive activities. If you are never able to
finish anything during the week, choose a project that you can
complete in a few hours on weekends.
• Take time out for a little entertainment in the middle
of your workday. When the pressures of completing a project
are too great, your productivity can drop. Take a walk or eat
lunch outside the office.
Visualization and Affirmation Techniques.
You can conquer a circumstance you fear by going over the event in
your mind. Imagine the scene in clear detail and visualize
the best possible result that may happen.
You can also reduce an imagined fear down to size by picturing
the worst possible outcome. Visualize describing this worst
case to your best friend the next day and the sympathy you
receive. Imagine telling a group of friends the next month,
who contribute to their similar experiences. Finally, imagine
joking about your unpleasant experience with a complete stranger a
month later. If you carry this exercise through to the end,
your stress will become something to laugh about.
Replace negative self-talk with affirmations. Don’t let your
mind be filled with gloom: You’re too ugly. . . you’re too
old. . .you’ll never achieve anything. And things like:
What if I fail the exam? What if she doesn’t like my
gift? What if we get lost? These things haven’t even
occurred yet. Nourish your mind with a constant stream of “I
can; therefore, I will.”
Settle on how much sleep you require for best possible
performance. Lack of sleep worsens the body’s responses to
stress and lowers the immune system.
3. Don’t Be
Always remember that you don’t have to attain all the money, fame,
and success in the world. Today’s society forces us to build
up as much accomplishments as we can, while trying to balance our
own personal and family life. There’s just not enough time to
do all these things. Start from the most important task and
focus on one thing at a time.