Acceptance is key in alleviating depression. The reason you suffer from depression is because there is something in life that you have not accepted. Either your life circumstances are bothering you — where you live, your job, your family/friends, your financial situation — or you are internally conflicted and you do not like yourself. What is it that you are not accepting in your life?
If what you are having a hard time accepting is yourself, try some affirmations — I am worthy. I am a good person. I am capable of greatness. Say those statements to yourself until you believe them. Because you are a precious child of God and are inherently worthy. We all are.
Accept Your Depression
Beyond yourself and your life circumstances, chances are, if you are depressed, you have not accepted the depression. So many people that struggle with depression get depressed because they are depressed which only heightens the depression. What if you accepted the fact that you are depressed right now? How would that change how you feel?
Observe Your Depression
If you just became an observer of your depression and said to yourself, “Hmmm, I’m depressed right now. That’s nice” and then let it go, you may still be depressed, but you won’t be as depressed. Try it. How do you feel? Do you feel at least a little bit better? Chances are, you do.
Say the Serenity Prayer
I am sure you all have heard of the Serenity Prayer. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It is all about acceptance. If you don’t like your life circumstances, ask yourself, “Can I change jobs? Can I change my financial situation?” If you can, then pray for the courage to change those things. If you can’t change them, pray for the serenity to let those things go until you can change them.
What is holding you back from accepting your depression?
What is holding you back from accepting yourself, your life circumstances, and your depression? If you have been able to get to a place of acceptance, has it helped alleviate your depression?