282. Changing Your Thinking

Thinking Man

Round and round your mind goes: thinking about mistakes you have made, agonizing over a lost love, dreading the upcoming company reorganization.

It’s difficult to reign in your thoughts, nearly impossible in fact, unless you have something to replace them. If you stop trying to think about a troubling matter, to drop it from your mind, it becomes only stronger. You see, the mind doesn’t like a void: to take something away, you must replace it with something else – ergo, change your thinking.

Think back to something that went well in your life. Focus on God instead of yourself. Dwell on how you can help someone in grief. Start writing a book. It’s the last option that helped me triumph over my depression. I have published two books now and have recently completed a third. You may not be a writer, but I’ll bet there is something else that can focus your mind away from yourself. Find it and do it.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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