Several months ago I was pitching Resilient to an incubator program and they asked if the app had any scientific merit.
And yes, actually, it does! (In a small way anyway). I quoted a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (heyyyyyy Tarheels!) that found that exposure to positive imagery increased the possibilities one saw for their life. (I was going to be gramatically correct and say “one’s life,” but that just doesn’t flow.) (Can I possibly add any more parentheses? I think yes).
In other words, sometimes when we’re depressed we get stuck in black and white thinking and only see a limited range of options, or none at all, for our particular situation. But looking at happy and positive things makes us see new possibilities!
And sometimes when you’re in the throes of depression, a little spark of hope can mean everything.
The other day I was on a call with a potential client for my other business, and at the time I was finishing up my current projects and didn’t have any new clients to work with. So naturally, I was getting a little worried, but after getting off the phone call, I felt like no matter how it turned out, I was much more hopeful and started seeing new possibilities for how I could drum up business again. It gave me hope, and my brain started working out new ideas and exciting possibilities.
It wasn’t even that something monumental happened; it was just a small phone called that shifted my thinking from worry into possibility. Sometimes all it takes to go from panicking about something to feeling inspired again are small things that for a moment, shift our perspective just a little and move our thinking into better territory.
Action step: If you find yourself worrying or stressing out about something, try doing something different. It doesn’t have to be a big action, just get out of your current stuck energy. Go for a walk, download our app, read a book about something completely unrelated to the topic you’re worrying about, clean something (it’s very therapeutic!), or just get out of the house and be around people. Sometimes these little action steps can mean the difference between staying stressed out, anxious, and depressed, and seeing new possibilitiies for your situation.