Do you ever feel out of control of your emotions or feelings? Would you like to know what you have to do to get them, and how to change them.
Would it be better for you if happiness now becomes a choice, would that be a good thing for you to have in your life?
Our emotions are governed by three things that we do.
1. Your focus, or where your mind takes you, or what you think about.
2. You physiology how you stand, sit, walk.
3. How you talk to yourself
So when you look at that list what would a depressed person have to practice every day to become depressed.
How to be depressed
They would focus on all thatâ€™s bad in their life, they would have their head looking at the floor, maybe head in their hands, moving slowly, tense shoulders, frowning.
At the same time they would be talking to themselves in a way that hurts them (self abuse), they might say things in an aggressive voice such as â€œyouâ€™re useless, youâ€™re never going to be good enough, youâ€™re fat and uglyâ€â€¦ etc.
They will practice all these three things many times a day until they become really good at them. A person who does this is guaranteed to create what we call depression.
Being aware that you can do this means that youâ€™ll also be able to stop it.
If everyday you focus on all thatâ€™s great in your life, or what you can be grateful for, then your focus has started to change. What you will notice is you canâ€™t focus on happy thoughts at the same time as unhappy ones. So if I were you Iâ€™d choose happy thoughts, theyâ€™re are a much better choice.
Now get active run, dance, walk, do gardening, paint a room, anything, but get your body moving. Your movement will help to release feel good chemicals that also combat depression.
The next is great fun and when you next talk to yourself in an abusive way, change the voice you have been using. If you have ever inhaled helium from a balloon, then you know how ridiculous you sound. Use that voice from now on if you get abusive at yourself, or find a voice that you think is silly, or makes you laugh.
- Try it now! Say what you normally say to abuse yourself in that new silly voice and what do you notice about how you feel. You may laugh, or want to move away from that voice, either way you have changed that destructive pattern.
If you practice these 3 things then your mood will dramatically change. To start with you it will be an effort because you are so used to things happening to you as you live in reaction to the world out of control of you.
But if you drive a car then learning to do that was once a real effort, that now you donâ€™t even think about, just like this will be, all you have to do is practice, practice, practice.
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