If you’re depressed and looking for a way to be happier, you might be wondering exactly what you should do and if there’s a “best” way to approach everything. What’s the best way to overcome depression?
What’s the Best Way to Overcome Depression?
There’s an (awful) saying that applies very nicely to the pursuit of happiness:
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
This idiom isn’t supposed to be literal, it just means that there’s more than one way to do something to reach the same goal.
It’s the same way with depression and happiness.
There’s lots of tips in the world about how to be happy, whole books written about it, varying expert opinions, sometimes conflicting studies, alternative healing methods, and of course lots of life advice posts on this blog and others too. 😃
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming because you don’t know where to start and you don’t know what will work for you, and almost any of the common methods you hear about has the potential to help you with depression – therapy, medication, a healthier diet, a positive attitude, exercise, forgiveness, gratitude, changing your beliefs and thought patterns, meditation, and on and on and on.
So which one do you do? Whatever you discover works for you, and that you can do consistently.
You might naturally start off with something you’ve been recommended by someone else, but if that doesn’t work, try going with whatever technique sounds the easiest and most manageable to you right now. Often, the best results in your life come from consistently applying a technique to your life over a period of time, rather than doing something once or sporadically. And the easiest way to be consistent is to pick something that’s easy for you to do.
So if the idea of running every day for the endorphin boost when you can’t even get out of bed right now is overwhelming, try something else. Try something less overwhelming. You can get results without forcing yourself to do the most “difficult” thing on the list.
There is, as they say, more than one way to skin a cat. 😉
Some people will claim that their method is the ONLY solution for whatever problem you are facing. Usually, there actually are many different possible solutions.
If something doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you or that you’re a “hopeless” case. It just means that that method isn’t the right one for you. There are dozens and dozens of different ways to achieve the same goal – if something doesn’t work for you after you’ve applied it consistently, don’t beat yourself up. Just try something different.
You got this.
If you want to know what worked for me personally with being happier, you can check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.