In my journey out of depression, I’ve used a few therapy techniques on myself, rooted in Positive Psychology, which I outline here. Please consider these ideas as suggestions to experiment with if you’re so inclined:
- Go to town thinking about all the amazing qualities you possess. If you’re in a bad place and can’t think of any, imagine what your best friend would say about you, or your mom, your neighbor, a favorite teacher or coach.
- Write those adjectives down on individual strips of paper.
- Fold them up and place them in a container.
- At the start of every day, pull one of those pieces of paper out and resolve to practice using whatever strength you’ve selected at least three times before you go to bed.
- Before you turn in for the night, document:
- What strength you focused on
- What you did to actualize that strength
- How people treated you, and
- How it all made you feel.
- By the end of each day, each week, each month, you’ll have amassed lots of examples demonstrating your wonderfulness, improving your sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
Research tells us that it takes at least four weeks of consistent effort to change a habit, so before you throw this experiment out the window after Day 3, give it time, sit back, and wait to see how your new perspective will make you feel.
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