5 Steps to Overcome Pain, Stress & Depression, Part II

Be careful [anxious] for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

Hope you’ve had a chance to work on the steps in Part I. Learning to adjust your attitude is the key to a better life. Now we’ll continue with Part II.

4. Start a Blessings Journal. Sometimes we get so deep in our own despondency that we don’t even recognize how much good is going on in our lives. Every night before you go to bed, write down at least three things that were good about your day. Spend those few minutes before you go to sleep in gratitude. What you focus on just before you go to sleep is what your subconscious works on through the night, drawing to you more of what you think about.

You have to understand that your subconscious believes the things you focus on are obviously what you want … since you spend so much time thinking about them! If you want the Universe to bring you different results, you MUST change your thoughts and words. God explained it this way: “Call those things that be not as though they were.” Start saying what you want, not what you have.

5. Take responsibility for your own feelings. Do not give other people – no matter who they are – the power to control your emotions. You can be happy, peaceful and calm no matter what anyone else is saying or doing. Abdicating control of your feelings to someone else is a sure path to depression and defeat. It doesn’t matter what ‘they’ say or do. YOU can choose your attitude and response.

When you learn not to react to external circumstances, you will have learned one of Life’s greatest lessons. Instead of reacting in pain or anger, take a quick mental inventory and ACT in your own best interest.

Of course, this is just the beginning of the conversations I’d like to have with them … and with you. Some of the steps to victory and success are simple, but they are not always easy. People in severe depression or serious pain need support to make the changes in their thinking and lifestyle to support a different vision.

Finding a mentor or coach can mean the difference. Someone to talk to who will help you release the negative thoughts and gain a more balanced perspective. Someone to challenge and support your personal growth. Someone to cheer your victories (even if no one else quite knows what you’ve been through). Someone to help you see more clearly what matters most.

So there you have it, advice from ‘Aunt’ Ruth. No matter how challenging life becomes, there is a way to change your THINKING about the situation. If you can do that, your battle is all but won. So, congratulations on your victory! I knew you could do it.



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