Aside from the physical and chemical causes of depression, your mindset may be one of your biggest obstacles.
What do you choose to spend your time focusing on?
Do you feel sorry for yourself about the things you lack, or a life you are missing out on? Or do you take the time to enjoy the little things life blesses you with?
I am willing to guess you spend more time thinking about the negative things in life than positive.
To be fair, that is one of the tricky things about depression. When you are burdened with depression, your initial mental state is poor.
Negative thoughts come without effort, while the good ones seem out of reach.
Fortunately with practice you can get out of this nasty cycle.
If you choose to enjoy the little things in your life, I can guarantee your life will start to look and feel more positive!
It will take practice, but so do all good things.
Enjoy The Little Things
The night before I wrote this article I had a dream that actually inspired me to write it.
In this dream I had consumed too much alcohol and made the decision to steal someones car (It was a dream, this is not my character).
Later in the dream, I realized how dumb this was which led me to be super stressed out about being arrested.
In the end, I was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. I felt like my life was crashing around me.
My plans for my future career were out the window, I knew my amazing girlfriend wouldn’t stick around after a such a stupid decision, and I knew my family would be extremely disappointed.
But an amazing thing happened, I woke up, back to real life.
I thought to myself “I wish I appreciated my regular life this much everyday!”
After all, I have an amazing mother, an amazing girlfriend, and a bright future with a respectable career.
Not to mention, I am not in prison!
After a nightmare like that it is easy to enjoy the little things in life, but realistically we should enjoy them every day we can.
What You Lack You Make Up For
I want to let you in on a secret…
For every one thing you lack in your life, I bet you have two that someone else would love to have.
How often do we wake up grateful to be in a bed and under a roof? Do you appreciate the food you have available to you 24/7?
If I wake up in the middle of the night starving I can walk to my fridge and eat something.
That is something a good portion of the worlds population cannot do.
Maybe you are feeling lonely because you can’t find a partner. In this case I’m sure many of you still have a family and a home.
Another thing so many people take for granted is their health.
I have been through chemotherapy, chronic pain, and a bad case of adrenal fatigue.
Almost everybody on this planet will take their health for granted until it is gone!
However when it is gone, not all the riches in the world would stop you from wanting it back.
Something as minor as breaking a bone or having the flu can be a quick lesson to this fact, yet those last only weeks to months at the longest. Some people have health problems for life.
A Challenge For You
Not tomorrow, or the next day, but TODAY I want you to write a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
Get creative and don’t just stop at the list I mentioned above.
If you can’t think of 10 things, you aren’t trying hard enough.
Here is my list for an example:
- Great relationship with my mother
- Great relationship with my girlfriend
- Food and water whenever I desire
- A home and shelter
- Living in a 1st World Nation
- A positive future
- Athletic physique
- This blog
Now that took me all of one minute to write out. I could come up with 20 in another 5 minutes.
We are all blessed in our own ways so make sure you enjoy the little things, and realize all the things you are blessed with in your life!
I hope you enjoyed this article! Leave me a comment if you did!