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February 26, 2009

Question About Getting Out Of Depression - Phyllis Boulsien, Libya

Dear Sunny,
I have been reading your affirmations
for quite a while now,
but they do not seem to sink into my brain.

For the last 3 years I have been down
in the depths of depression.

There are weeks when I am OK, not bad.

But the rest of the time I find
I am constantly thinking how old I am,
how nobody wants me, how I am so lonely.

I have always had a tendency
to get depressed and agitated,
but nothing like the last three years.

I want to get out of it.
But I do not know where to start.

I am British, living in Libya,
so I do not have access to counseling services etc.

Its basically do it your self here
- or try and find counseling on line for huge fees
for which I do not have the funds to pay for.

How to I change my thoughts,
my view of myself and my situation?

Any advice would be welcome.
Kind Regards,
Phyllis Boulsien
~Libya


Additional Comment -- From Sunny :)

Hi Phyllis,
I would be depressed if I was telling myself those things, too.

When Your "Automatic Mind" -- (I just made that term up)
keeps repeating negative thoughts all the time,
it's hard to overcome that influence.

The fact is that those thoughts are false.
Every one of them.

The REAL TRUTH is exactly the opposite:
I Am Young
Everybody Wants Me
I Am Surrounded By People Who Love Me

The trick -- and this is the hardest part -- the trick,
is to catch Your Automatic Mind saying those things,
and identify it as such -- by saying -- "Oh, there You are again!"

Then pay attention to what it just said to You,
or what it is saying to You.

Write down those sentences.
Then write down their exact opposites.
Now You have a perfect set of TRUTHFUL Affirmations for Yourself
to repeat and use to reprogram Your Automatic Mind throughout the day.

This is not easy.
But it has to be done.

Otherwise, there is always counseling,
or pharmaceutical prescriptions,
but it doesn't sound like those are options for You.

I think this formula would be best.
I hope this helps.
Good Luck with it.
Much Love & Joy to YOU, Phyllis!
~Sunny :)

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Posted by Sunny at February 26, 2009 08:33 AM



Comments

Hello Phyllis,

First don't give up on yourself!!!
I myself suffer from depression (16yrs)

If there is absolutely no way to obtain help
from a Psychiatrist or a psychologist,
then there are things that you can do
to help yourself somewhat.

Every time a negative thought comes to your mind
say/shout (in your mind STOP!)
then replace it with a positive one.

A minimum of 15 minutes of sunshine a day.
Get outside and walk at lunch or on break.
if you have a dog take it for a daily walk,
exercise does help (and dog will love it).

Get around positive people.
Stay FAR AWAY from downers
and things that bring you down.

Watch programs that make you laugh,
or just think about something funny
and laugh for 5 min.
(Best not to do this one outside where people can see you.
They may not understand. LOL)

Hope you can use some of the ideas I offered.

Kat

Posted by: Kat at March 2, 2009 01:45 PM

Phyllis
Depression is such a personally destructive force,
yet you can overcome it.
You have already made a huge leap by talking about your feelings.

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments already made.

Just like to add that another positive step
is to take a look at what it may be
that is causing these down feelings
and focus on ways to change your situation.

Taking control and setting small achievable goals
is what I found most helpful
in the early days of my own depression.

Everybody has beauty and you are not excluded.

There is always someone older than ourselves,
so it makes sense your are still young to many.

A smile, no matter how hard to muster
draws people to each other.

First smile at yourself in the mirror everyday
and smile back. Sounds odd but it really helps.
Practice may be required if you feel uncomfortable at first,
but do try it.

Love & Light
Hx

Posted by: Helen at March 5, 2009 03:01 AM

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