Coping with Depression: Develop a Mantra

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Hi everybody

How are you today?

I thought I would try a new feature for Thursday and that is to discuss ways to cope with depression.   We can generate a huge list over time.   What do you say?

One way that I cope with my depression is that I usually have some sort of mantra or saying to get me through the day.

One of my favorite mantras is:   This too shall pass.

Bad times do not usually last forever.   There comes a time when you are able to breathe again and feel some peace.   In the midst of a depression it is good to be reminded that...this will not last.   I will be able to feel good again.

I have been reading a book recently which has some really good mantras.   The book is called:   Anyway:   The Paradoxical Commandments-Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World by Kent M. Keith

It seems that Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up a version of them on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta.   It seems she lived a life of following the mantra of "do good anyway."

Here are some of the mantras from this book:

  • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

**                                 Do good anyway.**

  • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

  • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

  • People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

  • If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

  • Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

Ain't that the truth!   I like these because they are realistic and defy the expectations so many people have.   Don't do good to get something back.   Most times you will not only be unrewarded but "kicked in the teeth."   Do good because you are good... and because one of the remedies for depression is peace of mind and a congruence of your values with your actions.

I like these mantras because it firms up the core self to persevere despite any outcomes or reactions you get from the world.

Okay now it is your turn.   Do you have a saying or mantra or philosophy which helps you get through the day?   If so you know we want to hear it!