by Wendy Keller, sometimes depressed, sometimes not
If you’re feeling sad, depressed, down, unhappy, overwhelmed, or tearful, chances are you don’t want a SIMPLE, easy, FAST bandage for how you’re feeling. You probably want a COMPLICATED, expensive, PROLONGED solution, one worthy of your malaise.
So while you’re saving up to hire that fancy therapist or a prescription to some mind-altering anti-depressant, you may as well try this while you wait.
It’s deceptively simple. It isn’t going to solve the core issue and change your life, but it WILL help you get through this moment, and clear your head a little so you maybe can see a ray of sunshine poking through that cloud in your head. Maybe even help your brain find a solution to the Big Problem.
1. Stand up straight.
2. Breath in FOUR short breaths, through your nose.
3. Breath out FOUR short breaths, through your mouth.
You should be able to hear yourself sniffing in those four breaths. You can make a sound as you exhale, like “Ha – Ha – Ha – Ha.”
Repeat this at least 12 times.
Pretty tricky, huh?
I can go on and on about the physiological reasons WHY this works, but if you’re depressed, you don’t care about that. You may think, “This is dumb. It’s not going to solve anything.” You’re right. But it might give your mind the oxygen it needs to resolve the matter. It might last for 5 minutes, it might work for 5 hours or 5 days. You won’t know until you try it.
Every time your body tells you, “Hey, you! I’m depressed here!” IMMEDIATELY stand up and do this.
Don’t be one of those people who resists simple things because they look “too easy.” People have been using breathing strategies like this one to change their inner state for thousands of years. Why? Because it works….if you work it.
When you’re ready, please help yourself to this comforting, helpful eBook:
“The Top Ten Tips to Coping with Crisis”