Friday, March 01, 2013
As you may or may not know, I do suffer from Major Depression. Recently I have had the opportunity to better myself through a 'Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)' group recommended to me by my psychiatric team. As part of this program I was given some information on some phone apps that I could use that supported the philosophy of DBT. One of the apps (Life Armor) provides information for any situation to help overcome instead of being overcome. Below you will find insight into a common problem of pessimism.
Optimism - It is possible to learn to change the lens through which you view the world. There are six key steps to maintaining a perspective of realistic optimism:
Step 1: Make sure you view the world as it really is. Don't think about what could happen, but pay attention to what is actually going on around you.
Step 2: Focus on things that are positive. In the Army's Resilience program this is called "hunt for the good stuff." Even if life isn't perfect, it's important to focus on the things that work out well.
Step 3: Resist the urge to complain. It usually makes you feel worse. Complaining will push away the positive people in your life and attract people who further encourage frustration and negativity.
Step 4: Decide for yourself what's possible and what is impossible. Question any beliefs you have that something "can't be done." There are many things we dismiss too easily.
Step 5: Be FOR things, not against them. When you are against something you are focused on tearing it down. When you are FOR something you are focused on improving it, and creating new ideas and new opportunities.
Step Six: Laugh at yourself. See humor in your mistakes. Humor helps us take our guard down and not taking ourselves too seriously. We all make mistakes, most mistakes are an opportunity to learn and grow. Think back on to something you thought was absolutely true ten years ago, but you now realize was false. Can you laugh at it know? Laughing at ourselves is an important tool to improve our mood, change our perspective, and relieve stress.
The name of the phone app is "Life Armor" It is a free download.