When we are depressed we often long for happiness to return. We wish that a pleasant, upbeat mood will overtake us in a way that is like when depression suddenly hit. If we just wait for our mood to change its unlikely to happen very quickly. As best we can we need to prime the pump by doing something simple and easy. Have a nice shower or bath. Take a short walk. Straighten up your desk or kitchen. Psychologists call it "behavioral activation". I hope you'll give it a try!
The Most Important Relationship
Difficulties and challenges with relationships in our lives can often have a significant impact on our mood and sometimes can contribute to feelings of depression. Whilst these relationships are very important to our wellbeing, the most important relationship in our lives often gets overlooked: the relationship we have with ourselves.
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