Learn to act

In trying to deal with any kind of problem in life, it would seem that one of the most important things to do is to learn how to act. This may sound like a simple thing to do and yet what one often finds is that in the face of a difficult or even debilitating problem, we tend to avoid doing the very thing that will ensure the resolution of our problem. That thing is to act,to take a positive or constructive step towards the resolution of our problem no matter how insurmountable it may seem. There is nothing more debilitating than the feeling one gets after spending a day doing absolutely nothing and knowing that one’s problems still loom over one’s head. Each bit of time that one effectively “hands over” by allowing it to pass by without action is given over to the problem instead of the solution.

Taking this concept of action to its simplest form (the movement of the body), I can vouch for the value of action, almost any action, in being able to help one move past one’s problems and to lift oneself out of  just about any negative mood-state. People who find themselves blocked in their life by what is commonly known as depression often find themselves in a state of complete inertia and inability to take even the simplest action, such as getting out of bed to face the day. Whether the cause of such debilitation is a chemical imbalance or a dysfunctional way of thinking about the world and themselves, the result of action cannot be denied. The very act of getting out of bed when one feels like there is nothing to get up for puts a point on the positive side of the scale and begins to build self-esteem.

The act of getting dressed, making breakfast and then doing an activity (any constructive activity!), adds more points to the positive side. Sitting and brooding about one’s life and trying to think your way out of a deep negative state or depression will very rarely produce positive results. When the problem you are in has been caused because of your thinking, sometimes you cannot use that same mode to get yourself back out again. You may need a jump-start first, just as a dead car battery needs that jolt of energy from another battery to get started and begin charging itself again.

Getting oneself to go out and do something productive, no matter what that thing may be, will lead one to feel energized and this in turn will lead to new ideas, new possibilities and a renewed sense of well being. It is a case of action leading to thought instead of the usual thought leading to action. If one has been blocked by one avenue (in the case of depression or negative states, that avenue is our own thoughts), then one needs to look for another avenue that may lead us to the destination that we seek by helping us to get around the blockage. The avenue that is open is the one of action.

Combining the avenue of action with the other techniques above and the detailed techniques you will learn a little later on will have an immense effect on your thoughts and subsequently your beliefs. With a change in your core beliefs and the way you see the world and what is possible for you in it, you will notice the much-desired change in your outer reality. The world changes towards you if you take the steps to change towards it. As Merlin in Deepak Chopra’s book The Way of the Wizard says:

 “You cannot bring the same stale self to the world and expect the world to be new for you!”

Think about it and change your life.

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David Fox is an author, speaker and registered psychologist with a masters degree in psychology. He believes that overcoming issues like anxiety and depression are best tackled on multiple fronts such as exercise, supplements, working with your thoughts and beliefs, watching your diet and talking to someone who can provide empathy and support while you figure things out. His goal is teach people individually and within organisations in how to help themselves thrive. In addition, David supports patients who would like to eventually reduce or potentially stop taking anti-depressant medication if they are finding major negative side effects from remaining on the medications and looking for alternative routes to a better quality of life. This is not for everyone, and yes some people may need to remain on some amount of medication – especially those with bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. However, for those whose issues began as anxiety and/or depression, there may certainly be another way to healing other than medication. David is the author of the book Change your Life! Hope and Healing for Anxiety and Depression.

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