“Laughter is, and will always be, the best form of therapy.” – Dau Voire
Depression: Getting Through
Depression is a real problem, with an estimate of 15% of the population from high income countries (compared to 11% of low / middle income countries) experiencing some form of depression throughout their lifetime – and women being twice as likely to become depressed as men. (Source: *Science Daily.com)
In my opinion, depression is a longer-lasting emotional state that one either consciously or unconsciously sinks into, and I believe that in most cases emotional states can be changed quickly through three steps:
1) Changing your mental state. Be aware and take control of your own thoughts. When you’re in a depressed state, unhappy memories are easier to access, so deliberately think of happy thoughts to break the vicious cycle.
2) Change your posture. There are a lot of studies that support that body language is linked to our emotions and states. Slouch with your head down and shoulders hunched will most likely create an emotional state that is negative and tired. Sit up, shoulders back and chin high will create quite a different attitude. Amy Cuddy says in one of her talks on power postures; “Our bodies change our minds, our minds change our behaviour and our behaviour changes our outcomes.” Also become aware of your facial expressions. Smile – even if you don’t mean it – as your brain may not catch on that you’re faking your smile and your state may lift.
3) Change your language. Similar to #1, become aware and change the words you say both to yourself and out loud.
4) Move! I think exercising is a great way to feel better, plus it releases endorphins which trigger positive feelings in the body.