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How to Overcome Bouts of Depression

How to Overcome Bouts of Depression

Depression is a seriously hard thing to overcome. Many people get it only once in their lifetime. Other people get bouts of depression again and again, which makes life hard living. However, there are certain steps you can take to overcome depression bouts and alleviate the pain and suffering that stems from it.

I hope these steps will inspire you to live the kind of  life you really want to live. I hope you can overcome these depression bouts once and for all. I hope you can live like a free bird without a cage.

I have come from the depths of depression. I know I have come out with many difficulties. I know that you never give up. You will continue fighting until you get the life you want! Just keep your fingers crossed, your motivation in check, and everything will be fine. You are not alone. You will never be alone.

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    1. Redirect Thoughts

    Redirect your thoughts so you focus more on the positive instead of the negative. Pondering the negative will lead you nowhere. Instead, focus on all the positives in you life. They will help you lead a more balanced life full of content, happiness, and laughter. Every time you think of something negative, think of all you can be grateful for. It may be the house you currently have, the family you have, food you have, or even the job you have. If you think about it, many people don’t have these commodities that z lot of us take for granted.

    We sometimes hope and crave and wish for so much that we forget the gifts that are in front of us every single day of our lives. They are indeed special, but we tend to overlook them sometimes. If only we would be able to see the wonderful things right in front of us, then these bouts of depression would never come to haunt our very lives.

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      So, every time you think of something negative, make it into something positive and inspirational. It should help you relieve the anxiety, pain, and negativity that depression gives you. It will no doubt help you feel stronger and in charge of your depression. So, try it! It will surely help you. I try it every single day. I must say it does wonders in transporting the mind from the negative into the positive.

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        2. Have Something Planned Every Weekend To Unwind Your Mind

        When something is planned every weekend, there is a channel that gives you happiness of any kind to look forward to. You can plan a weekend at the beach, amusement park, museum, or aquarium. Go ahead and do anything that makes you happy!

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          When we look forward to something, it builds excitement, thrill, and fun in our bodies. It helps us become a child once again, anticipating what is to unfold. Curiosity can be a wonderful thing to have, especially for those trying to recover from the grips of depression, and those that constantly battle it everyday.

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          I am telling you from experience, if you have something planned for the weekend after such a lengthy week at the work, your depression will start going away and diminish each passing day. I tell you from my own experience because I have battled severe depression. Bouts can be so bad it makes you unable to get out of bed, work, eat, or sleep. However, once you start enjoying life, and looking forward to planned adventures the symptoms begin to fade.

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            3. Have a Routine

            When you have a routine, you always can look forward to something. When you have a plan in mind, you will get ready, and your hopes go up with high expectations. This will lead you to forgo your depression, get active, and hopefully begin to forget about what is bothering you.

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              4. Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out For Help

              There is someone out there who can and will help. You could go talk with a psychiatrist, friend, or relative. If you feel yourself slipping into serious depression, then make sure you go see a doctor or professional if need be.

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              There is no shame in admitting that you are in a downfall. The brave come out and say they are having a hard time dealing with these struggles by seeking help, because they want to make the most out of the life they have been given. Make sure you seek help when you can. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with seeking help. Doctors, friends, and relatives are there for a reason. They are there for celebration in each of our lives. They’re here for us when we need major help.

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                Depression is also one of those major times when you must rely on family and friends. So, go out and seek help if you need it. You are brave in doing so. Who doesn’t want to show courage when times are not on our side! Just take that one step towards your freedom and happiness. You will feel much better in the end. I can guarantee that from my personal experience as I have gone through hell and back.

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                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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