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Nurturing yourself when depressed

If you’ve ever been depressed you’ll know that one of the common signs is a lack of interest in doing things you previously enjoyed. In the face of this lack of interest, if you can begin working on getting yourself to do something, then that usually lifts your spirits. Sometimes even doing seemingly non-fun things like de-cluttering your home or cleaning out your closet can improve your mood.

Come up with some encouraging statements
People have found that encouraging statements that they make to themselves can work to lift their mood.

Here’s a tip:
Write down as many encouraging statements as you can think of and start a dialogue with yourself.

Encouraging yourself to get out of bed even when you don’t feel like doing anything helps to get yourself moving and feeling energized.

Say something like: ‘I’m going to get out of bed and try to do something for fun, even if I don’t feel like it at first, because I’ll probably feel better for it’

Say something like: ‘If I persist in looking, sooner or later, I’ll find a job and that will make everything easier’

You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll start feeling about yourself when you tell yourself encouraging and positive things.

Try to give yourself that encouragement
Tell yourself, ‘I believe in myself and I will find a way to do things and reach my goals’

Believing in yourself can work slow magic – don’t expect it to happen overnight, but, if you persist in your determination to be encouraging of yourself, then you’ll find that you’ll free up your energy to help yourself and enhance the way you present yourself to the world.

To find out more about how you can nurture yourself when depressed, see Losing the 21st Century Blues

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