Knowing how to distinguish the falsehoods we have believed about ourselves from the reality in our lives is HUGE when it comes to living with victory over depression.
Why is that?
When you are struggling daily with depression and anxiety, there are days you feel like you are going to lose your mind. Your mindset is completely skewed by the lack of control you have over your emotions and your mental health.
How do I know this? Because it’s what happened to me over 10 years ago.
When my first daughter was born, I experienced something I would not wish on my worst enemy. Post-partum depression. Like any illness, some are hit harder with symptoms than others. I had every single symptom in the book.
Irrational anger, high expectations for myself and my family, overwhelming guilt, feelings of hopelessness, thoughts of worthlessness, and believing that my family would be better off without me as a wife and mother.
So yes, when you are experiencing the above symptoms, you are deceiving yourself and believing all sorts of lies and untruths.
What do you do when you are unsure what is true and what is false in your life?
Write down everything you are thinking about yourself or your situation.
Essentially this is called a “mental brain dump”. Get a sheet of paper, journal, whatever you can use, and write down the beliefs you have about yourself, or that you’ve heard others tell you. I suggest not spending more than 10-15 minutes on this.
Review your “mental brain dump” list.
Read through each statement you wrote down one by one. If you need someone objective to help you then, by all means, enlist their help.
Write the truth to each statement you wrote in step 1.
This area may take much longer than 10 – 15 minutes. If you have quite a long list, I suggest tackling 5 statements at a time. This process can take a while, but it is the most important part of the process. If you are going to live in victory over depression and anxiety, you need to KNOW and BELIEVE the truth about yourself.
Choose one Truth each day or week to focus on.
This may seem like some psychological mumbo-jumbo to you but trust me, it works. How do you change something over time? By creating a new habit. By reviewing each truth every day or every week, you are creating a new habit in your mind. The habit of finding the truth about yourself and your situation, no matter how painful and difficult it can be.
We will be tackling this exercise in my newest course, 5 Keys to Winning the Daily Battle with Depression & Anxiety. This is one method I use to replace the lies I have believed about myself with the truth of my current life situation.
This course will launch April 1 for the introductory price of only $147! (Regular price $197 returns May 1.) It includes a downloadable workbook, email support, video lessons, and a FREE 30-minute consultation with me at the completion of the course.
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Have you ever used this method to fight the deception you have believed about yourself? How did it help you? Are there other methods you have used to bring the truth back into your life?