Depression Getaway

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Category: positive thinking

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

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"Wonderful!" I never tire of hearing that word. I was blessed for a few years to teach in a private Christian school. The prinicpal at that school was one of the most positive people I knew. And he was the loudest person too! But it is not so terrible to be loud when it is all positive. I was happy to have a classroom close to his office. He often left the door open. Whenever he answered his phone or replied to an inquiry at his door such as "Good morning Mr. Smith, how are you today?" his response would be a big loud "wonderful!" every time.

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“The Nicest Guy I Know”

I am attending one of the friendliest churches I have ever gone to. The picture above was not taken in my church but it could be! People are welcomed warmly and cheerfully and made to feel important and at home right away. I love that about my church.

Who doesn't like being greeted when you walk through any doors, whether that is at home, or in a store or restaurant, or maybe at work, and definitely at church.

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‘Gentle on my Mind’ is my ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’

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I remember it like it was yesterday. My happy childhood was lived out in a beautiful neighbourhood near the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, Ontario. I had a cozy home and a family who loved me. I worked hard and helped around the house but other than that I was an indulged kid with a privileged life. My time was my own and I spent a lot of my teen years lying on the floor in front of the 'hi-fi' listening to Glenn Campbell over and over and over. I had such a crush on him and loved his singing and his songs. 'Gentle on my Mind' was one of my favourites and a big hit way back then.

I was thinking about that song today, especially that title, as I was considering, as usual, how to manage this old depression.

'Gentle on my Mind' (lyrics) got me thinking about how we all need to be gentle on our minds, whether we are dealing with depression or not. We need to think thoughts that are gentle, not harsh. This does not come naturally, especially when you are depressed. I've always wondered what comes first, the negative thinking or the depressive mood? No matter, they sure happen at the same time!

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Positive Blogging

This entry is part 11 of 17 in the series Whimsical Wednesday
POSITIVE BLOGGING

POSITIVE BLOGGING

It’s ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ where I chat about any old thing that comes to my flighty little mind!

Confession – I don’t read very many other blogs. Oh I tried, I really did, but so many other blogs about depression are – well – depressing!

If you struggle with depression you want to surround yourself with as much positive as you can and stay away from as much negative as you can.

The other important consideration with depression is to remember how easily overwhelmed we get and for me, too much information is overwhelming.

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Depression Review: Eight Keywords

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Depression Review with Eight Keywords

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‘Keywords’, did that word even exist before we had internet? Well, I checked and yes it did. It simply means a word that unlocks the meaning.

If we are going to do a good depression review, we need to get down to basics.

Here are my eight keywords for the depression journey:

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The Secret to Positive Thinking

singing-in-the-rainDid you know there was a SECRET to positive thinking? Just ONE secret?

We have been chatting about positive thinking this week and I would like to end by sharing the SECRET with you!

When I am depressed I hate hearing about better ways to live, better ways to think, etc. It is all I can do to get out of bed and maybe have a bath and get dressed. But to try some complicated new theory, no way! I would be just setting myself up for more failure and heaping more depression on top of the one I am already deep into.

If you are really depressed right now, then maybe this is not the time for you. Or maybe it is the perfect time! What have you got to lose?

And so, I would like to take the overwhelm out of the idea of trying positive thinking. Dr. Dave over at ‘Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking’ has the secret.

And the secret is …………… just that, zero tolerance to negative thinking! Doesn’t that sound easy enough?

All you have to do is

1. Decide not to tolerate negative thoughts.

2. Cancel out each negative thought with a positive one.

At first this might be a bit of a stretch, but if you stick it out, it may become automatic. And if it helps, then it is worth it right?

Here is an example:

NEGATIVE THOUGHT: I can’t do anything right.

POSITIVE THOUGHT: Yes I can, I am reading this blog right now and I am doing it right!

Simple enough? If your mind says ‘up’ you say ‘down’, if your mind says ‘stupid’ you say ‘smart’. Make a game out of it. Who knows, just trying to keep up with those thoughts could be the best depression getaway for you this year!

So does this mean that I am NOT going to preach to you all about POSITIVE THINKING and explain how to do it in a thousand words or less? That’s right, I’m not. There are others who can do that for you if you really want to get into it.

I just want to remind you of the benefits of POSITIVE THINKING in case you have forgotten.

For some laughter therapy check out some jokes about optimism

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

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