I’ve been going through some tough times these days.
I think it was triggered by an ugly break-up, which for some reason I’m still processing as “you are unlovable” rather than “he’s a huge jerk.” I went through the expected crying jags, sleep disturbances, mild self-destructive behavior, etc. The problem is, it’s been a while now and I still feel this way. I really don’t want this to stick.
While I do have professional help available, and will certainly seek it out if I see signs of serious depression, for the time being I’d like to try to manage this one my own. I feel fairly confident that I can nip this in the bud. So in this case I am not asking for medical advice. It’s more of “how do you beat the blues?”
So what techniques do you find works? I’ve heard lots of books recommended- any chance you could boil down some of the most important points and methods? I know CBT is not magic, so surely it’s possible to share some of the more effective techniques.
Here is what I am doing:
[li]Excersizing- I’ve started a couch to 5k program[/li][li]Using a light-thearpy device- we just don’t get any sun here, and I KNOW for a fact that affects me. [/li][li]Making plans for the future- I’m applying to grad schools and looking forward to a vacation. But, I’ll admit, it’s sometimes pretty hard to keep focused. [/li][li]Writing on an anonymous online confession site- Writing out my feelings can often stop a crying jag and make me feel a lot better. I think articulating my feelings really helps me "get’ the difference between the weird stuff my mind is putting out and the stuff I actually do believe.[/li][/ul]
I tried doing affirmations, but they made me feel silly. So…what do you guys do?