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IsabelleChan

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How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:16:54 PM »
I am often an optimistic person but sometimes, negative thoughts can creep onto my mind and drown me. I believe that life will disappoint you at times and you'll have to take on a personal approach to deal with different circumstances. However, I'm not somebody who knows how to release pressure in practical ways and dismiss depressing thoughts in a second and becomes that happt person again. I wonder how do you guys banish the depressing thoughts and enjoy life again?

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 08:34:37 PM »
I also struggle with occasional depressing thoughts. I used to try to repress them and to focus on other things. It didn't help me. I eventually sought professional help. I learned to face my emotions. I was feeling depressed for a reason. I learned to sit with my feeling to understand what was behind them.

I also learned not to judged my feelings and to have compassion for myself. I was depressed because I wasn't happy my with my life experience, was feeling like a victim and was beating myself up. I worked on forgiving myself. It helped me tremendously.  I still work at it. It's not easy doing inner work. It's much easier to look outside ourselves for the solution.

My advice depends on how deep and persuasive your depressing thought are. You may need professional guidance. Only you know.

Wishing you luck. I would like to know which path you eventually take and the results. ;)

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 09:27:00 PM »
At the moment, I'm struggling with negative thoughts myself. I wake up each day, and I don't want to get out of bed and face the day. I try to arrange something to take me out of myself, and steer my thoughts to happier subjects, and most of the time it works. I've never sought professional help before, but I think I just might need to this time. The important thing is to recognise when it becomes too much to deal with on your own.

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012, 09:38:08 PM »
I am often an optimistic person but sometimes, negative thoughts can creep onto my mind and drown me. I believe that life will disappoint you at times and you'll have to take on a personal approach to deal with different circumstances. However, I'm not somebody who knows how to release pressure in practical ways and dismiss depressing thoughts in a second and becomes that happt person again. I wonder how do you guys banish the depressing thoughts and enjoy life again?

I"ve found that discovering a depression's trigger depression makes a huge difference. Without that you cannot choose an effective path towards feeling better.

There's something else to consider when dealing with moods.

I've noticed that people focus on being "happy", and I'm not sure that it is normal to be "happy".

We get all sorts of messages us about things that should make us happy but, since these are usually things you pay for, I believe that being  "happy" is not normal...but being  "content" is! If "happiness" was normal, you would not need to buy things to keep it going. You wouldn't have to continuously do things to maintain the mood.

I started enjoying life more when I stopped trying to be happy, opting for being content instead. This lifts hidden burdens from the mind and allows me to embrace all of my moods as part of a healthy continuum.

Food for thought!


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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 10:04:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum

MercyL!
Indeed, one cannot be happy without contentment. I don't think happiness is too much to ask for though. When we look to outside sources to make us happy we are disappointed. Happiness comes from within.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2012, 10:06:20 PM by DiminishingInsanity »
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012, 10:10:48 PM »
IsabelleChan, on a personal level I've found that the more I identify with this world the sadder and more frustrated I become. The more I identify with Spirit the happier I become. It takes practice. I forget frequently. I hope you start feeling better. Much light and love.
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 07:20:17 PM »
It helps me to have regularity in my life.
Get up on a regular time, eat on a regular time, go out on a regular time.
I may not like it every time, but it keeps you going.

When I feel depressed I go outside, get fresh air. I go to a park, a forest or to the waterfront. There is lots of water where I live.
If you have a serious depression I would recommend going to the sea shore if that is within reasonable distance. From my own experience I can say that that really brightens up your day. The fresh salty wind in your face and through your clothes really gives you a boost of energy. I'm always hungry after a trip to the sea shore and you sleep so much better after a day at the beach.

Going outside helps me to process my depressive thoughts. It helps me to think. So I don't go them out of the way. I try to solve it, and nature helps me with it.

And I have a healthy vegetarian diet. I'm very content with that too.
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 05:16:27 AM »
The most effective way for me to deal with depression, and negative thoughts is to go for a walk. As simple as that sounds it works for me. It almost seems that when you get out in nature, the universe or your spirit guides actually speak to you and help you through whatever you're dealing with. Of course whatever it is that made you depressed will still be there when your walk is over, but you'll be much more optimistic about finding a solution to your problem.

That's the most natural way to alleviate stress aside from going to the gym or health club, which is also a good way to alleviate stress and depression. I never resort to drinking, not even a glass or two of wine, not beer, not anything else alcohol or drug related because that's how addicts can get started.

You try to take life in stride and not worry so much but that can be so much easier said than done.
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 06:39:39 AM »
It almost seems that when you get out in nature, the universe or your spirit guides actually speak to you and help you through whatever you're dealing with.

I very much agree with that. I never get such good help when I stay at home.
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2012, 06:13:22 PM »
I've found yoga practice to be very helpful in releasing negative energy and thoughts and relieving depression. Hatha yoga is one that is gentle with smooth movements and deep stretching. Learning meditative breathing helps to calm a nervous disposition and release tension.

I also agree that a gym workout does wonders. It's proven that endorphins are released which help tremendously in relieving depression.
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 09:09:19 PM »
You just do.  I know it isn't some miraculous answer that will solve everything, but just take it one day at a time.  Just try to think of better days on the horizon and use it as a driving force to make things better.

Most people are not clinically depressed but have a cause for it...so that means it can also be resolved.

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 12:48:13 AM »
Welcome to the forum

AbeTheGhost!!! :D
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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 06:44:11 PM »
I've found yoga practice to be very helpful in releasing negative energy and thoughts and relieving depression. Hatha yoga is one that is gentle with smooth movements and deep stretching. Learning meditative breathing helps to calm a nervous disposition and release tension.

I also agree that a gym workout does wonders. It's proven that endorphins are released which help tremendously in relieving depression.

I've always wanted to try yoga and it seems like doing yoga is beneficial for both physical and spiritual health. Could you recommend some sites for me to start doing yoga in my leisure time?

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 08:01:20 PM »
I am often an optimistic person but sometimes, negative thoughts can creep onto my mind and drown me. I believe that life will disappoint you at times and you'll have to take on a personal approach to deal with different circumstances. However, I'm not somebody who knows how to release pressure in practical ways and dismiss depressing thoughts in a second and becomes that happt person again. I wonder how do you guys banish the depressing thoughts and enjoy life again?

I used to have difficulties with depressing thoughts, but realized that some of the difficulties originated with my ideas about happiness, so I worked to change them. Now, instead of balancing "happiness" against "sadness", I value being content above all else. In other words, I stopped embracing emotional extremes.

I have also stopped trying to stay optimistic. I did so because it eats away at energy I need to examine difficult situations with an eye toward resolution.

I have fewer depressing thoughts, now, and the methods I use to deal with them depend on their trigger.

If I can take action to change the atmosphere that triggered the thoughts, I do so. Sometimes, I just distract myself with tasks, if I can complete the tasks quickly.

As I have grown older, I have also learned to avoid situations that might trigger depressing thoughts.

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Re: How do you deal with depressing thoughts?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2012, 08:36:45 PM »
I've always wanted to try yoga and it seems like doing yoga is beneficial for both physical and spiritual health. Could you recommend some sites for me to start doing yoga in my leisure time?

If you want to practice yoga it might be better to take some lessons from a qualified teacher. The various postures that you have to take are not so easily learned from a book or internet imo although some of them do look quite simple. You need a teacher standby to correct your body to the right positions.
Also, I found it more inspiring to do it in a group of persons. You learn from each other. I did it in the past. I really enjoyed it for the time being.
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