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When I was 18 I got diagnosed with clinical depression.
Although I do believe I was misdiagnosed, it still helped to put a name to something that was making me miserable. The pain was brought to light, it had a description and I could google it.
I was on antidepressants for a few months, and honestly, they did help. But I wanted to feel good on my own, so I stopped taking them and decided to heal my own brain. Because that always helps, huh?
Having been depressed for many years, I take every opportunity I get to learn new tools that can help me manage my negative emotions.
This is why I want to share with you a workbook for depression that I recommend everyone gets if you feel even slightly unwell.
It is called The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression & Create a Life Worth Living.
It contains so many wonderful writing and mindfulness exercises to get your mind moving and focus on the positive.
When we are depressed, it is pretty hard to see all the good things that are happening in our lives. Naturally, we then sink even lower and allow the dark thoughts to convince us nothing can be done.
But taking a step back and looking at your whole situation from the outside, you can start seeing the positives. This workbook has many different exercises and meditations to help you look beyond your misery.
I love that it focuses on practising mindfulness. I have written about it in the past (for example, here and here) and I can honestly say it works for me so beautifully.
At the end of each chapter, you also get a recap of ideas to cultivate. Something to ponder on.
Needless to say, life is easier when you have a workbook to help you get a clear idea of where you are and where you want to go. You think with more clarity, more focus.
If you currently do not have a therapist, this will be a perfect start to recovery. All you need to do is decide that you want to get better.
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