Practicing Positivity Can Help With Depression Remission
When I’m in a full out major depressive episode (MDE) or on the cusp of one, there are few things that can put me in a positive frame of mind. That’s why it is so important to practice positivity when I’m in depression remission.
As part of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we are told to try and focus on the positive. Not an easy thing to do (damn near impossible) when you’re depressed.
Last week I wrote about knowing yourself – knowing what things (events, people, situations, etc.) trigger bad feelings which can lead to depression. Similarly, you can learn to seek out and immerse yourself in positivity.
• Watch funny movies.
• Hang out with an upbeat friend.
• Search YouTube for cute kitten videos.
• Go to the local maternity ward and look at the new babies.
• Take care of a friend’s dog – or adopt one of your own.
The list is endless – and, it is just important to write your list down. Not only does practicing positivity (and keeping a list) help keep you in remission, but, by writing it down, you can remind yourself about your favorite things at any time.
When you are in depression remission, it is very important –essential, in fact – to practice positivity. And it takes real practice… which you must do when you are in remission. Even if all you ever experience are short periods of remission, practicing positivity might be the very thing you need to stay in depression remission.
Scott, L. (2013, September 8). Practicing Positivity Can Help With Depression Remission, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2013/09/practicing-positivity-can-help-with-depression-remission
Author: Liana M Scott
Hang in there.
My thoughts are with you.