“How did you work through your stuff?” I get this question a lot, and my answer is often: Visual journaling. Visual journaling is all the rage now, and with good reason. Studies have shown that it helps you heal both your emotions and your body
If you’ve been reading my blog post series about overcoming depression, hopefully by nowyou’re crystal clear about what your values are (See Pathways out of Depression: Parts 1- 3) and you have a good idea about how they can help you carve a path out of depression.
But beyond this, you also need to know how your past experiences might be triggering your depression. A good example of this is the character “George” in the movie “Hugo.” George is a brilliant filmmaker whose visionary movies enchant his viewers until they become distracted by WWI. When people stop coming to see his films, George gets depressed and angry, telling himself his work isn’t important and no one cares.
As George continues to buy into these beliefs over the months and then years, his depression gets worse. He blames it on the world around him, because “no one” recognizes his genius.
In my last blog post, I talked about learning how to identify old programming—those thoughts you have in your head, and stories you tell yourself…sometimes without even realizing it. But, it’s REALLY important to start paying attention to them if you want to pull yourself out of the dark hole of depression!
Hopefully you’ve spent some time figuring out what those old stories are. In this post, you’ll learn how to stop being hooked by that old programming.
Maybe you’ve heard this joke: You hear your neighbor‘s dog, Brownie, howling like crazy on the front porch. You ask your neighbor, “What’s wrong with Brownie? Why is she howling?” Your neighbor tells you, “Brownie’s sitting on a nail.” You ask your neighbor, “Why doesn’t Brownie move?” Your neighbor answers, “I guess it doesn’t hurt bad enough.”
If you’re like most people, life’s challenges can sometimes leave you feeling stumped. It’s like being in quicksand. The more you struggle to find your answer, the deeper you sink. Sometimes the solution comes from being still and surrendering to the fact that you need help. But how do you know where to look?