Depression starts with a series of negative thoughts and as these thoughts become a habit or a new way of thinking then depression takes over.
The process can happen very quickly and often you don't even realize that any positive thinking you had in the past has been replaced by a stream of negative thinking negative thought patterns.
It's these negative thoughts that need to be replaced or changed as quickly as possible if you want to come out of a depression or even the blues.
But once you're already feeling down and out it can seem difficult to change those negative thoughts to positive. That's because your mind has become comfortable with the negative thoughts and wants to keep them.
You need to get rid of these negative thoughts that lead to depression as quickly as possible. If you don't they'll become part of your belief system. You'll start to believe the negative thoughts and once that happens your subconscious mind will start creating situations that mirror your negative thoughts.
Here's an example: Let's say you recently lost your job and you haven't been able to get a job for a couple of months. You start getting down on yourself and you start to think that there are no good jobs, that no one is hiring and that nobody wants to hire you. This kind of negative thinking can quickly get you into a depressive state. It also erases all the positive thinking that you once had. But as these thoughts become beliefs your subconscious mind creates situations that make it harder for you to find a job and you start purusing jobs that you just can't get.
It quickly becomes a viscious cycle that leads to more depression and after a while you don't think you can overcome this depression.
So here's how positive thinking can help. First change those thoughts. I can't get a job becomes I can get a job. Nobody is hiring is simply not true, people are getting hired for jobs everyday. You want to push yourself and your mind to come up with positive thoughts to counter the negative thoughts.
You start with changing one simple negative thought to something positive. Then you take on the next thought and the next thought. After a while you begin removing all the negative thoughts and you slowly start to climb out of your depression.
For this kind of positive thinking approach to work you have to do it repeatedly everyday and even do it before you start feeling down. Sometimes when you're feeling down you may not have the energy to change the thoughts. If that's the case then you have to push yourself and start with just one thought.
It also helps to nurture or encourage yourself as you apply positive thinking to overcome or eliminate depression. To do this you need to focus on your positive qualities, why you can succeed, why you are good enough. Too often, when you get into a depression you only look at what's wrong. You need to nurture yourself by looking at your positive qualities and thinking about the positive or good things that you have in your life.
It's important to keep taking any medication to fight depression even as you work with positive thinking. If you have mental illness that's causing the depression then positive thinking alone will not cure you. Applying positive thinking in conjunction with any medication will help but you should speak to your Doctor and cotinue with your medication.
To counter the depression with positive thinking you first have to start tracking the negative thoughts that support the depressive state or that lead to depression. So take some time to write down these thoughts so you can easily identify them. Then change them by creating new positive thoughts.
Your mind will put up resistance to any positive thoughts and any attempt to implement positive thinking. This happens because when you're depressed or heading into a depression the mind gets comfortable with the negative thoughts. So it's natural to hear your mind fighting back and refusing to accept the new thoughts. When that happens take a gentle approach and give your mind reasons to accept the new thoughts. This is the nurturing part that I just mentioned. Don't try to force your mind to accept your new thoughts, as that will just make things worse. Instead, keep changing your thoughts and provide reasons for believing your new thoughts.
Things won't change overnight. You won't bounce out of your depression instantly simnply by applying positive thinking. Instead, it will take some time. It all depends on how far you've got to go and how often you work with these positive thinking tips.
To get results you'll need to practice these exercises everyday. You should especially apply them when you feel the negative thoughts are taking over. At first you may have to do this all the time but as you work with these exercises the process get easier.
You can eliminate depression with positive thinking but it's a slow process and requires a lot of effort - in the end it is worth it because you'll create a new positive thinking pattern that will last a long time and counter and negative thoughts that could lead to depression. Remember to keep taking any medication you're currently taking right now.
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