According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
Everyone has days when they are down, worn out and just not
feeling all that happy.
That's OK, you need to have days like this, otherwise how would
you know when you are happy. You need to have something to
contrast your happiness with. What is black without white?
Even though you know that sadness is a part of life, let's try to
make it a small part of life.
With that said, Here are a few tips to help you feel better when
you are feeling down in the dumps. They are easy to do, easy to
practice every day and they work!
1. Stand up straight, sit up straight. When your body is in
alignment your energy can flow and when your energy is flowing
freely, you can flow.
2. Smile! Yes, just smile. Easy to do and effective.
3. Repeat positive affirmations. Things like "I feel good",
"Positive energy flows through my body", "I see the good in
4. Listen to some music that you like. It doesn't have to be
anything specific, just something you enjoy. Certain types of
music work better than others, but experiment and see what works
for you. Studies have shown that Classical music and new age
music work best.
5. Take some time out for yourself, relax and read a book, do
something for yourself.
6. Meditate. Meditation is an excellent habit to develop. It
will serve you in all that you do. If you are one who has a hard
time sitting still, then try some special meditation CDs that
coax your brain into the meditative state. Just search for
"Meditation music" on Google or Yahoo and explore.
Our outside work is simply a reflection of our inside world.
Remember there is no reality just your perception of it. Use
this truth to your advantage. Whenever you are sad, realize that
it is all in your mind and you do have the power to change your
These tips will lift you up when you are down, but don't just use
them when you are sad. Try and practice them everyday, make them
a habit. You will be surprised at how these simple exercises
will keep the rainy days away.
On a final note, if you are in a deep depression that you can't
seem to shake, please go see a doctor. This is your life and
don't take any chances. For free information and more details on the causes of depression, please visit the authors web site.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.