Resolve To Heal From Depression

Resolve To Heal From Depression- This post is intended to help you set the right foundation for your life long journey towards recovery from the depths of depression. It will be simplified into a program consisting of three life-changing steps. We call them “The three pillars of mental health recovery.”

Recovering From Depression – Getting Started

First Step : Set the resolve to heal from depression
This step might look very easy but it is not as simple you might think. It involves a strong will on your part to get better no matter how difficult and notwithstanding relapses you might have along the way.

Setting the resolve to heal from depression is the starting point of all recovery. Make the decision that you want to get well, even if you don’t know how.

Second Step: Do all you can to improve your mood using a combination of mutually supportive self-care activities.
An example of this supportive approach can be seen in the way we treat and manage asthma. If you asked a doctor how to prevent an or to recover from an asthmatic attack, he or she might prescribe bronchial relaxing medication and tell you to avoid allergic triggers like dust and excessive stress.

In a similar manner, one’s mood can also be enhanced by using a variety of coping strategies that act to support you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You can learn how to do these from tools such as self help books, publications or guided help programs.

Third Step: Reach out for support.
You need all the encouragement and support you can ever get. Love and connection are an essential part of the healing process. We are wired to connect with others. Thus, enlisting the support of trusted, close friends and others is a key factor in your recovery process. Support can also come in form of treatments, guided support programs, counselling and other targeted coaching programs if need be.

Do not be shy or afraid to reach out.

 A Quick Summary

The following equation sums up your mental health recovery

RESOLVE + TOOLS + SUPPORT =
MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY

Got it right?

Now let us dig a bit more deeper about  the First Step, “Set the Resolve to Heal”

Set a Resolve to Heal

You would agree with this popular saying, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Today, you are setting out on a journey of recovery and healing from anxiety and depression. If you really are ready to take this bold step forward, your first step should be to resolve within you to get started. State your intention to get well.

No matter how deep in the depths of depression you are right now, whether you have been struggling with depression for weeks, months or since childhood. Set your intentions to be free.This may seem like a small act, but it has profound ramifications for your future health and well being. Regardless of the time involved, the first step is the same–making the decision to heal.

For some sufferers of depression, this may seem too difficult, since depression robs us of our energy, motivation and hope. Fortunately, at this point, you are not asked to do anything but to make a decision- a resolve, a strong will that you must hold on to.

You don’t have to know how exactly or when your full recovery will happen. You just have to believe that it is possible no matter how many times you fall and pick up. If you are feeling particularly hopeless or discouraged right now, ask yourself this question: “Is there a part of me, however tiny, that wants to feel better?” If you can find just a molecule within you that says, “I WANT TO LIVE,” your path to recovery is set.

By setting an unwavering resolve to heal, you will stimulate and support your body’s “healing system”–its innate capacity to control disease and bring itself back into balance.” Physician Andrew Weil describes this phenomenon in the book Spontaneous Healing. Weil writes:

“The body can heal itself. It can do so because it has a healing system. At every level of biological organization, from DNA up, mechanisms of self-diagnosis, self-repair, and regeneration exist in us. Medicine that takes advantage of this innate healing is more effective than medicine that simply suppresses symptoms.”

Although you can debate whether depression is a “mental illness” or not, it manifests with debilitating physical symptoms as well. And as anyone who has survived an episode of depression knows, the brain and body can heal themselves if they are given the right support. Saying, “I want to feel better,” is the first step in changing your brain chemistry.

How can you get started?

Well, first you have to have a vision of what you want to be…that is a vision of wellness. This is the basic tool that you will be using to translate your resolve to heal into a reality.

Creating Your Vision of Wellness

Have you ever wondered “What would my life look and feel like if I were free from the symptoms of anxiety and depression?” This is what your vision of wellness should be about

A vision statement is based on the second habit from Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People— “begin with the end in mind.” According to Covey, this habit arises from the principle that “all things are created twice”–first in the mind and then in the world of form.

When you write your vision statement, you create an exact mental blueprint of health that you are seeking and communicate this picture to your brain and nervous system.

The following exercise will show you how to pen your vision.

Composing a Vision Statement

Imagine for a moment, that you are in a state of health and wholeness. Imagine that your mental and emotional health are functioning at optimal levels. What would it be like for you to be in a better mood?

  • How would your body look and feel? How much energy would you have available to you?
  • How would you be feeling most of the time? What types of thoughts would you be thinking?
  • What types of relationships would you have? What kind of work would you be involved in? What would your spiritual life look like?

Append the answers to the above questions, on a separate page write a paragraph (or more) describing your vision of mental and emotional health. See if you can use all five senses–sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste–to depict your experience. Set it down in the present test, as if the experience were happening now.

Also, see if you can tap into any positive feelings such aliveness, peace, strength, etc. In doing so, you are uncovering into your deepest passion for change, an energy that will fuel your recovery process.

As you proceed with this exercise, do your best to write something, even if recovery from depression seems like a distant reality. If you can’t imagine yourself being completely well, choose to see yourself feeling “a little bit better.” One woman simply stated, “I just want to feel my life force again.”  Desire it, picture it as if it were happening right now.

If this still seems like too much a distant reality, ask someone to help you write your vision statement–e.g., a friend, family member, your counselor, your doctor, etc. You don’t have to do this work alone. It would be nice to paste this vision statement on a wall or perhaps somewhere you would always see it as a constant reminder of who you want to be.This might help strengthen your resolve to heal even more especially when you are low.

 

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An example of a vision statement

Emily who have suffered from depression from her teenage years, wrote this vision statement to describe her picture of recovery.

” I am happy and content. I am motivated to make the best of myself and enjoy company of wife, children, friends and other members of my family. I sleep well and peaceful at night and wake up in the morning looking forward to my day. I look beyond my past. I’ll always move forward and stay positive no matter what”

There is no hard and fast rule about how long your vision statement(s) should be. Just be sure to include your picture of your type of life you desire.  

Do you really need to do this?

Yes you may wonder. The fact is that from experience, we found that those people who write a vision statement and focus on it on a daily basis make the quickest progress in their recovery from depression. If your vision statement is clear, specific, and has the power of heartfelt commitment behind it, it will activate both your inner healer and a benevolent aspect of the universe that will support you in your desire to be well.

Over the next few days, see if you can use this exercise to formulate your own vision of wellness. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just get started.Just make sure you get to describe what exactly you so desire. This will be your guiding ray of light no matter how dark in the depths of depression you are.

Your vision statement of wellness will become a watch light of hope and resolve, guiding you towards your recovery no matter what.

So Are You Ready to Set A Resolve? You Need One.

Sit back and set one today.

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