- Negative Self Talk
- Poor Diet
- Drug Abuse
- Sleep Difficulties
- Lack of Exercise
- Lack of Purpose and Goals
NEGATIVE SELF TALK
Difficult life situations can leave people with beliefs about self, others and the world that become generalized in ways that interfere with experiencing life in more affirming ways. If your experience has taught you that you are not capable, that others are never helpful and that life is simply a set of problems, then you may become more vulnerable to depression.
Once you learn to identify and challenge negative views of self, others and the world, then you are in a strengthened position to deal with life stressors.
Don’t process, fabricate or manufacture those negative feelings and emotions of worry, pain, anger, displeasure, grief or hurts, because you can chose to be joyful. Your joy is a wonderful strength that is expressed in singing, laughter, dancing, words of praise and loving harmony you have with families and friends when speaking positively about life. Refuse to dwell on the pain, displeasure, worry and all negative feelings and emotions.
Our bodies are our physical selves. What we nurture ourselves with physically can enhance our well-being. Eating well-balanced, regular meals is important in managing depressed mood.
Certain drugs, such as alcohol and cocaine, depress physiologically. Excessive reliance on mood-altering substances contributes to the experience of depression.
Poor sleep habits (e.g. staying up all night) mean people are robbed of the energy they need to take care of their physical health (e.g. exercise) and engage in coping strategies (e.g. Attending therapy sessions).
LACK OF EXERCISE
Exercise enhances the production of endorphins (natural opiate that play an important role in emotion and pain reduction) in the brain and result in an increased sense of well-being.
Without adequate exercise, endorphins are not released as readily and our bodies become sluggish and lethargic. This, in turn, negatively affects our mood and sense of self.
Chronic stress depletes your spirit and energy level, making it more difficult to cope with depression. In addition, stress is often accompanied by a sense of loss of control. This can also attribute to low mood.
LACK OF PURPOSE AND GOALS
Being unsure about your values, goals and ability to make a contribution in the world can fuel depressed mood. Don’t set your mind on failure, focus on being successful.
List of Reference
Chris Oyakhilome, D.SC, D.D, A 2016, The Power of Your Mind, Print version.
University of Saskatchewan, Understanding Depression and How to Overcome it, Adobe Digital Editions version.