Cure Depression with a Writing Morning Ritual

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What if you could cure depression just by writing for a few minutes each morning?

After all, it’s just a pleasant activity that takes no time, but which can make you less anxious, stressed and negative over time.

That’s absolutely possible.

Depression comes in many forms. And it’s never good. But we can take control of our emotions and bring back the positivity and joy in our days with a simple and easy exercise like doing morning pages.

Basically, it’s just sitting down in the morning and pouring your thoughts out on paper. It’s therapeutic and has many positive side effects too, like letting all bad feelings behind by putting them in writing, getting to know yourself, understanding your problems and issues and finding out what causes them, maybe even a creative solution.

And all that just by writing down a page (or a few) in the morning.

But there are some things to keep in mind if you want to feel the healing effect of this practice:

do it in the early hours of the day – in the morning it’s quiet and the stress of the day hasn’t come yet. So you can do things slowly, and enjoy the silence and your morning coffee while writing;

do it before everything else – in order to focus and not to think about anything else, you’ll need to do it first thing in the morning. Otherwise, doing a chore, task or something else will engage your mind and you’ll jump onto the next, forgetting about writing;

handwritten morning pages – don’t turn on the computer in the beginning of the day. In fact, don’t use any devices. Unplug completely. This will give you a sense of authenticity, you’ll write more slowly (as typing itself makes you do it faster), you’ll be able to actually enjoy the exercise.

How can a morning writing ritual help you cure depression?

1. You’ll complain to the pages.

This will help you get the negative emotions out and feel free. That makes you less anxious too.

2. You share stuff and become more expressive.

People are often depressed because of the many things they keep inside. In time, it just gets too much. And even talking to someone else doesn’t help simply because you’ve got an issue with yourself.

Morning pages are a great solution for that, plus they help you cure depression once and for all.

You can just write down everything you’re worried about, describe your deepest fears and desires. You’ll be admitting them to yourself this way. Which will take a huge burden off your shoulders.
You’ll feel more comfortable sharing your feelings now that you know how to express them.

3. You become grateful and optimistic.

Using morning pages as a platform to celebrate your life is what can bring the joy back into it.

You can simply list things you’re thankful for and write positive affirmations about yourself and the following day. Even this little – and pleasant – habit will make a big change.

4. You get over past experiences.

A morning writing ritual can also be used as a way to share traumatic events, understand them, and let them be in the past without going back to them.

So that’s how this simple exercise helps you cure depression and that’s the powerful effect is has on so many areas of your life.

Also check out:

How your morning pages may become your sacred time
3 super secret weapons against depression

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How to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.

 

Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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