How to Go From feeling ‘Sad and Depressed’ to ‘Top of the World’ in 10 Minutes.
16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode in a year.
Depression is that state of mind where you have no will to do anything. You have come to a complete full stop when it comes to hope and you have lost faith in life.
In this post, I will be sharing three ways to instantly change your mental state, backed with scientific research. These techniques have worked well for me and they should work for you.
However, If you are clinically depressed I’d strongly recommend you to consult a therapist.
The idea of concepts shared here is that your body has a strong connection with your mind. Any change in your mindset (psychology) is reflected in your body (physiology) and the same goes the other way round.
Let me give an example.
Think of a person who’s a lot depressed. And imagine what their body language would be like. Are their shoulders slumped over, are they facing downwards? How do you think their voice is?
What do you do with your body language when you feel depressed?
Alternatively, What do you think of the body language of a person who’s happy and fulfilled?
Are they standing tall, having relaxed shoulders, maintaining eye contact, free-flowing with their hand and gestures?
Does this mean change in physiology (Physical activities) could impact on psychology (Mindset) as well?
There are numerous experiments informing about impact of physical activities on mindset.
With that in mind, let’s discuss three ways to instantly feel awesome, change your state and kick off depression.
Changing your Physical State
Motion creates emotion.
When you push your physical strength it immediately reflects on your emotions.
There was this experiment conducted where participants were asked to run for 3 miles and later these participants demonstrated a shift in their mindset.
Changing your physical state could mean:
- Going for a run (Longer than you usually do)
- Exercise (Be hard on yourself and push your limits)
- Trekking (My Personal favorite)
Tony Robbins refers to priming as taking control of the mind and thoughts.
How do you do this?
- Heavy change in breathing pattern and physical shift in hand gestures at the same time.
- Remembering and stepping-in to 3 moments you are grateful for.
- Visualizing yourself accomplishing your goals, it could be for a day, month or life.
Priming is not meditation but it has lasting meditative effects.
Our nervous system is split into two. One controls fight-or-flight response and the other controls your rest-and-relax response. These two can’t be turned on at the same time. When you focus on deep and heavy breathing, you turn on the latter.
Similarly, when we are feeling grateful. It is impossible to be stressed or depressed at the same time. And, Visualization helps your brain interpret imagination as real action putting you into a great mental state and creating new neural pathways. These prime us to act in the way we visualized.
Even thinking about cold showers gets me excited.
Not only does this have a positive impact on health and the immune system, but this also helps in training and changing your mindset too.
These three exercises do help. You could go from feeling like you have no will to live to feeling on top of the world in a matter of a few minutes.
However, if you have severe symptoms of depression. I advise you to consult a therapist.