Tips to Starting Your Day Right When You Have Depression

Teri Robert Health Guide
  • We all know that some days are better than others when living with depression. Even with effective treatment, I can sometimes feel depression lurking in the background.

    Something I've discovered is that starting my day right helps me "keep my spirits up" and have a better day. My day begins this way...

    • The first 30 minutes of the day are "me time."

    • I take my coffee mug and retreat to my office and the table in the middle of it.

    • Part of the table is set up for meditation, prayer, and introspection.

    • There are items there that are my personal favorites for this "me time:"

    • A citrine sphere to focus on. Citrine is a wonderful golden color. Citrine is widely used in crystal healing. It's what's called a "manifesting stone." It helps manifest our goals, helps keep us cheerful, attracts abundance and personal power, and can aid in problem solving. It also helps with confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem. One of the most important things to me is that it is also good for centering myself for the day. While focusing on it, I envision inhaling goodness and healing and exhaling illness and bad things.

    • A scented candle. I like the tall candles in a brass candle holder with a soft scent -- citrus preferably. I leave the lights off in my office during this time. The candle gives me a bit of light, and the flame is soothing to gaze at during meditation or prayer.

    • A rosary or prayer beads. Although I'm good at multitasking, I'm not always good at concentrating on one thing. My mind tends to wander. Unfortunately, I sometimes find my mind wandering during prayer. Keeping my hands busy with a rosary or prayer beads helps me focus on prayer.

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    What works for me may not work for you, but maybe this 30 minutes of "me time" is something you could adapt to your own needs.

    This 30 minutes of quiet meditation and prayer allows me to be prepared for the day. It allows me to center my mind and spirit, which leaves me better prepared to face whatever the day brings. My concentration is better, I cope with daily life and problems better, and I find that I'm just plain happier and more content. Also, when I've had my 30 minutes in the morning, just a few minutes of meditation later in the day are more effective.

    Are there things you do to make your days better? If so, please click the "Add Comment" link below and share them with us!

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    Last updated August 24, 2009.


Published On: August 24, 2009