The cloudy, depressed mind responds well to short, emphatic and personally tailored phrases you can use in specific situations to put an end to depressive thoughts.
I call these 'depression mantras'. I've used them for years even with my severe depression.
You can work on specific mantras that resonate with your depression. This is not about positive thinking or changing a thought pattern. Instead, it’s about creating phrases that directly address the depression and cut through it like a knife.
You are then jolted back into reality and can make a decision from the real you.
Here are a few mantras I use:
- Depression doesn’t want me to get anything done today, but I can get something done. I am stronger than depression.
- Just keep going, Julie. It’s just depression. What matters is that you start something and then go from there. Keep going Julie.
- Beds are for sleeping. I get out of bed in the morning and I don’t get back into bed until it’s time to sleep tonight. Beds are for sleeping. I am getting out of bed now. Beds are for sleeping. My day starts now.
- I don’t have to feel good to be with the people I love. I can be with them and listen to them and enjoy their company even when I’m depressed. I will be a part of life
- I’m not listening to you (depression.) You are not my boss. Go away now!
- Focus. Focus. Focus. Come on Julie! Focus!
- Leave me alone!
- I always do my best. My best is what I can do. Depression makes it hard, but I always do my best. Good for you Julie!
Mantras are the non-depressed you talking to the depressed you.
Mantras can be stronger than depression and get you going
and keep you going throughout the day.
You can have more control over depression.