Since being diagnosed it has been a month and a half of waiting for a CBT spot.
So what to do in the mean time…
Get proactive. Start working to take action to help yourself. The last thing anyone wants is to get worse than they are now with depression.
It won’t be easy. There will be times that are very challenging and it can be very hard to see your way through.
Persevere. No matter how hard, difficult or bad things may seem keep going!
Look for the positives. They are there you just need to search harder to find them and the grab them with both hands and latch on. Nurture a little positive glimmer and fan it to help it grow and for you to glow. Protect these moments at all cost.
Identify the negaitives. It is important to clearly identify the negative thoughts and to fix them. Not as in fix them when you fix something broken. Fix them to the spot so they cannot grow or escape. This leads to you being able to…
Destroy negative thoughts. By clearly identifying and fixing the negative thoughts you can then rationally put them in context and destroy them.
Take control. At least in some way. Decide to achieve something that is realistic and timely. Don’t set long term goals. Set goals that can be quickly achieved. This will give you a sense of control and success.
Communication is key. When things seem to be going wrong and negative thoughts are on the rise do exactly the opposite to what you will want to do. Start to communicate. Talk, text, email, telephone, Skype, paper cups and string. Whatever works do it. By sharing and communicating you archive several things…
Distraction. Do things to take your mind off the negatives. This might be to communicate more or go do some exercise or paint or yoga or cook but do something.
Share. In sharing you will know you are not alone. You will also get an objective view through verbalising your thoughts. This can be very powerful.
BE BRAVE It takes a lot of inner strength to do this and there will be many times that you want to just give in. BUT these are the times to grit your teeth, stand up, wipe away the tears, brace your heart, take a deep breath, take a moment and …
Say hello to someone and break the silence.
You are not alone.
There are many of us out there.