” I had always known that I was hard on myself. I reamed myself every time something bad happened. “Why can’t I find someone to love me?” “Why isn’t God looking after me?” But for some reason, when I realized that I was doing this to myself, it made me realize that maybe all that I would have to do is to stop doing it. All of a sudden it made sense.
If I tell myself negative thoughts, I feel negative. If I tell myself nothing, I feel nothing. So if I tell myself positive thoughts, eventually I’ll have to feel positive.
Of course I’m still testing it out, but I feel better and for the first time in 14 years I have hope, It’s not that hard to find something positive about myself or my life now. So I remind myself of something positive every day and that’s what I am going to do until I don’t have to remind myself anymore because I’ll know.”
To read more by this member of Depressed Anonymous see #9, A VICTIM IN MY OWN MIND in the Personal Stories contained in Depressed Anonymous, pages 120-121.
Also, it’s good to remember as pointed out in the 1st Statement of Belief in Believing is Seeing, that “I accept and believe that however hopeless everything appears right now, I will make a decision to recover from depression. I am not helpless. I will make a choice to get better.”
SOURCES: (c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
(c)Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2014) Depressed Anonymous Publications.
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