Overcoming Depression

Week Three Depression Audio Message

Ending Depression

It is such a great step you are taking to try to look your depression in the face and attempt to find healing and relief.

I know this first hand as I was a very depressed person as a child and into my late 20’s. Depression consumed my life. I seemed like I was okay on the outside, but on the inside, I needed to work daily to find one more reason to stay alive.

I tried medications, therapy, none of it worked. What finally worked for me was I had to accept my depression, be willing to look at what caused the depression and make an inventory, look at what purpose my depression was serving me, have the willingness and ability to move through it and let go and finally maintain my mental health by maintaining my physical and spiritual health. This guidebook will take you by the hand and teach you skills that can help you end depression once and for all.

Are you ready to be happy again? Download Ending Depression now! — Tyler Woods PH.D.

Part One Motivation

I want to explain a little bit about the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You see Maslow believed that the needs are similar to instincts and it plays a major role in motivating behavior. We need to motivate behaviors in order to break the despair cycle and start overcoming depression. The lack of motivation is a core problem when dealing with depression and it sets the hierarchy of needs off balance.

Before you start reading Guidebook Ending Depression I want you to ask yourself these questions.

1. What is truly important to you?

2. What areas of my life make me want to be motivated?

3. What tools help motivate me?

4. How motivated am I today?

Answer these questions the best you can because as you know if you have depression and anxiety your motivation is off and you want to begin to pay attention to that. So answer the questions because we will ask them later again.

Please focus on this for the next few days whether you do it before of after your yoga and meditation or over lunch make this a priority for a few days. In two or three days come back for the next section. Please start the Ending Depression Guidebook now.

5 Tips for Depression You know Depression will hit about 30 million people in America this year. It can hurt everyone around us, including the person suffering from it. I want to offer you five tips that can help you deal with your depression a little better…

Using Food to Battle Depression Everything we eat affects our moods. More and more mental health professionals agree that diet and depression go hand-in-hand, confirming that healthy foods help relieve depression. Through extensive research, science proves that there is truth behind the statement that food aids in relieving depression…

Mind Body Spirit Approach to Depression Depression is a “whole-body” illness, involving the body, mind and spirit. It is not a weakness of character nor does it mean that a person is inadequate. The Buddha said “all that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” With that in mind, we need to realize that we really do become what we think, so it is important to keep thought positive…

Part Two Negative Thinking

Because of the nature of depression people tend to feel low levels of self-esteem, confidence and achievement and it makes it difficult to fulfill Maslow’s needs. So let’s take a look at depression.

As you read the depression section, be sure to remember two things, first that all thought affects the body, and second that you need to accept your feelings. This will be very important. Thought can really make or break our depression.

With depression our cognition starts performing a negative evaluation of self. It’s true that people with depression see themselves as worthless. This is mainly because people who feel depression often create negative themes about themselves or people, places and things around them. These negative themes or thinking dominate you and interpret all failures, even trivial ones, as reflections of your inadequacy. Pretty soon this negative thinking starts a vicious cycle that we call the despair cycle. We may lose faith, over eat, spend too much money, lose our self-esteem and the hierarchy of needs is off balance once again.

I want you to try to keep track for the next week of how many negative thoughts you give yourself daily. You may be very surprised to see how often you give yourself those thoughts. Such thoughts can include, “I can’t do anything right” Or “Why does it always happen to me” or “forget it why bother.” All these kinds of thoughts lead to negative thinking which in turn leads to your depression. So keep track of those negative thoughts. You will begin to discover just how much control you have over you depression by tracking those negative emotions.

Part 3 Checking In

You may want to take a look at the Depression Check List.

I want you to stop for a moment, ask yourself have you done your meditation and yoga today? Have you completed your walk? Are you following through with the video or audio meditations? Blood sugars can really affect your depression so are you eating well thus far? Try to get rid of junk food, processed food and at least add to your diet 5 servings of vegetables and fruit. When working with depression, it is important to check in with your feelings and your progress.

Be sure you fill out each question and do the work. Earlier we talked about how important it is that you actually write the activities because writing it down helps you to face what you wrote as well as allow you to review what you wrote. You can do it on a notebook, or use your guidebook. You can continue to redo these valuable exercises as often as needed.

If you really want to beat the depression and anxiety, you need to think about fully taking care of your body. Vitamins, healthy food, meditation and fitness routine are all vital in your recovery from the despair cycle.

Continue reading your depression guidebook and make sure you take plenty of breaks. It is important that you pace yourself. You should do some things while you are working on your depression guidebook that make you feel good. Maybe you could help a friend, cook a meal for someone, whatever it may be, I call it a good deed a day. It keeps you from spiraling down into the depths of depression.

This is a good time to start thinking about your gratitude journal. Simply write down a few things each day you are grateful for. I normally try to write down three to five things a day. If I cannot find anything to be grateful for, I begin to have gratitude for simple things like the air I breathe, running water, electricity, etc…

Keep asking yourself how am I doing? Take note and for each time you ask, pay attention if you are doing well, ask yourself why? It is important to track your moods and motivation.

Part 4 Where Are You Now

When you finish reading Guidebook Ending Depression I want you to ask yourself these questions once again.

1. What is truly important to you?

2. What areas of my life make me want to be motivated?

3. What tools can I use now to help motivate me?

4. How motivated am I today?

You may want to continue to search and see what time of day you are motivated the most. I am at my peek performance from 6:00am to about 12:00pm. I generally pick back up about 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Be sure to mark down the time either AM or PM and use a word that best describes your mood. You could say you are melancholy, depressed, slightly depressed, very depressed, happy, use whatever word you want to use and try to chart your moods throughout the day so you can find out what your peek performance time is.

Be sure to listen to your meditations audio or watch the videos as you complete the depression guidebook. For now, this is Dr Tyler Woods saying walk in peace…

Other resources on depression

Depression – National Institute of Mental HealthDepression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away…

Major Depression: True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.

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