Depression is something that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. It is usual to be depressed when we have something stressful happen to us like a relationship breakup or bereavement but sometimes we can be ‘down’ for no obvious reason.
Signs that you might be depressed are :-
Loss of interest in things you usually enjoy.
Continuous low mood.
Feeling anxious for no reason.
Difficulty motivating yourself.
Insomnia but especially awaking early in the morning.
The good news is that there are things you can do to help yourself.
One common feature of depression is unhelpful thoughts that keep going round and round in your mind. If you ‘listen’ to these thoughts they will have a negative impact and will make your mood worse. Doing mindfulness meditation daily can help you notice these thoughts and make you more aware of what is bubbling up from your subconscious mind. Meditation is essentially a mental exercise focussing your mind on something, usually the breath. Every time a thought comes up and interrupts your focus you dismiss it and return to watching the breath. The positive benefit of doing this continues after you have finished meditating and you are then more likely to be aware of unhelpful thoughts and be able to ignore them.
I have written a short how to do mindfulness meditation which you can find here –
How to Meditate
Cognitive behaviour therapy works by explaining about the thoughts, feelings and behaviours we have and why they are linked. It works well in conjunction with meditation because you are then more likely to spot these thoughts and feelings and then have a chance to address them. Although it is preferable to learn about this therapy by someone trained in CBT there are plenty of books and online resources available. A good website to help yourself with CBT is Living life to the full.
Exercise is not only good for us physically but mentally as well as it can get us out of our head and stop unhelpful thinking. Exercise can make a tremendous difference to depression and as well as lifting your mood can help with sleep. When we exercise our brains produce hormones called endorphins which reduce pain and promote feelings of wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be a high impact workout to get results as walking is one of the best exercises. However walking with a friend in the countryside is far better than walking alone in city.
When you don’t know what is causing your depression. Or you do know but feel you don’t have any control over it, Hypnotherapy can help. We can get stuck in our thinking about the world and our place in it and it can seem like life just happens to us without being able to do anything about it. This is not true and when you change how you think about life your experience of it will change as well for the better.
If you would like to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you please contact me at chris@truefocushypnotherapy or on 07423 218989.