I think depression, or feeling 'blah' or down, is
Not that I enjoy feeling down. I'm usually an 'up',
But I did go through a sort of funk or depression
when dealing with my asthma. As I mentioned yesterday,
I think most of us do whenever we face a health
There's a reason for the depression you may feel
due to health challenges or life events. So, before
you take any of the latest and greatest drugs
designed to lift you out of your funk, listen to
how you are feeling.
Follow your depression, acknowledge the pain. Accept
and validate that something is not right in your
It takes a lot of courage to do this. And many of
us are not prone to the type of introspection
required. So you have to give yourself the gift of
time...sufficient time and space to process what is
really going on inside you.
Once you have acknowledged or accepted or validated...then
you need to turn the corner and get back into living
life. For most of us, this begins with feeling
in control again.
Remember, the one thing you can control in life is
your state of mind. Your state of mind is something
you can create.
Positive and negative emotions can not occupy the
mind at the same time. One or the other dominates.
So, as part of your mental, emotional, and psychic
recovery, it is important that you cultivate the
habit of applying and using positive emotions, so
they eventually become the dominating influence.
The most practical way to cultivate a positive state
of mind is to have a definite goal or purpose.
Your initial goal may be to improve, reduce or even
eliminate the symptoms or limitations of your current
condition or challenge.
Later, as you achieve initial success, you may expand
or extend your goals to include more general health
and lifestyle changes - the types of changes that get
you excited about the possibilities of life.
Along with this 'mind work' - actually it's also
'spirit work' - you must take action. No matter how
small the step, begin today.
It's a proven fact that the most consistent and
successful strategy for alleviating depression - no
matter what the cause - is vigorous exercise.
You've got to get moving!
Literally, move that body, get winded and out of
breath. Do regular deep breathing. Let your exhalations
cleanse you, and your inspirations inspire you.
This is one reason why I place such importance on
enhancing your ability to breathe and energize yourself
through the exercises I teach in my programs.
It's at the heart of the benefits you experience when
you do the exercises in the Secret Power of Dynamic
Energy Exercise Course, Volume II -
Nourish yourself with deep breathing and with quality
food. Build yourself up and feel strong again with
exercise. And feed your mind and spirit with
predominantly positive thoughts and emotions.
Do a little bit of these things each day, and you will
be amazed at how much better you feel.
You Can Do It!
Karen Van Ness
P.S. Motivation to change and improve is thought to
come from without. And it usually doesn't last. On the
other hand, inspiration is more abiding. It gets
you moving, AND it keeps you going. One of the best things
you can do for yourself, anytime you face a challenge,
is to make sure your body and brain are getting plenty
of oxygen. This helps fuel your body in its fight against
the challenge...and infuses you with the energy you need
to keep on keepin' on.
For a wonderfully simple but powerful and energizing
routine you can do in just minutes, check out the Secret
Power of Dynamic Energy Exercise Course, Volume I -
or Volume II -
You can also order both courses together at one very
special price. Visit
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