Feeling blue? I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but our latest sales reports show a significant increase in the number of Up from Depression programs being sold in the last month so I wanted to talk to you about this.
A Time and a Place for Self-Help
As depression is such a serious subject, I do of course have to remind you that InnerTalk programs are never a replacement for professional health care. If you have a serious medical or emotional issue, please do consult your doctor first. That said, there are many degrees to this issue, and I think that everyone has experienced a spell or two of feeling unusually down and negative—I know I certainly have.
Side Effects of the Blues!
When a person is suffering from the blues, it can be difficult for them to get motivated to do anything—normal tasks can take a lot longer to do, time gets wasted in distractions, it can be difficult to engage with others, and joy and happiness seem a long way away. Of course, all of these negative feelings will have other impacts—cognitive skills can become inhibited, overall activity decreases and the immune system can become suppressed. As such, a bout of the blues can create more problems that just lead to more reasons for feeling so down.
Effects of Self-Talk
The negativity that comes from the blues is absolutely reflected in a person’s self-talk (inner talk), and is often expressed in statements along the lines of:
“I hate my life. I can’t wait to go home. What does it matter? I just don’t care. No one cares anyway. I am no good. What’s the point anyway?” etc.
Now stop and think for a moment—what if this negative self-talk was replaced with positive self-talk, such as:
“I love life. I love living. I feel great. I laugh. I find humor. I am in control. I enjoy people. I enjoy myself. I am lucky. I am blessed. I am relaxed. I am calm. I choose happiness. I choose joy,” etc.
InnerTalk works by priming your self talk. By presenting the affirmations subliminally, they bypass conscious awareness and thereby avoid your defense mechanisms. If you were feeling blue and you heard the affirmation, “I love life,” then you would argue against it with talk such as, “I don’t love life. I hate life and it hates me too!” This is what makes the InnerTalk technology so powerful—the affirmations are presented in such a way that they access the subconscious directly and alter the stream of chatter that comes from it. How would you not feel better and more positive if your self-talk was saying:
“Life is great. I think positive. I am positive. I sense good in all. I see good in all. I contribute to life. I am good. I rest properly. I eat properly. I breathe deeply. Life is wonderful,”etc.
These affirmations and the positive affirmations given earlier are all included on the InnerTalk program, Up from Depression—a program that I normally refer to as my ‘Being Cheerful’ program.
The efficacy of Up from Depression was demonstrated in a research study carried out at Colorado State University by Jim Reid. In his study, this InnerTalk program was used in conjunction with traditional therapy and was shown to provide significant benefit when used for at least 17 hours. Now, as I said earlier, if you are suffering from Clinical Depression, then please go and see your doctor. However, if you suffer from bouts of the blues and wish to get back to your normal, more positive self, then you should pick up a copy of Up from Depression. When I use this program myself to lift me out of a spell of the blues, I can feel better (happier) after just a couple of hours of play!
Becoming Progressively More Aware!
But to get back to my opening statement—Is it a good thing or bad thing that there has been a recent surge in sales for Up from Depression? Well, of course it is sad that so many people are feeling so down, but on the other hand, it does show a solid awareness of the power of the mind and the importance of getting ahead of a problem before it gets out of control. As such, the increase in sales can be a good thing. Progressive Awareness (our official company name) was created to assist people in becoming progressively more aware, and I do believe this is happening!
I certainly have my own reasons for calling Freedom from Depression my Being Cheerful program as I always put it on when I am feeling down. Life is too short to waste on feeling down! What do you think?
Wishing you Love, Light, and Laughter, always!
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