6 Best Self-Talk to Beat the Blues
So you’re in a funk. You got the blahs. Who can be Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm all the time? That’s why I rely on good weather to keep my sunny disposition. Living in Arizona, I can count on an average of 300 sunny days a year.
We have our down moments, and it’s an uncomfortable place to be. Americans, especially, are not comfortable with our weaknesses. When it comes to pain, we are a nation divided into two camps: a nation of self-medicating wimps who cover up pain with booze, drugs and sex; and a nation of go-getters who will tell you things like: “Let’s pull ourselves up by the bootstraps.”
Maybe that’s why Grumpy Cat became such an overnight sensation and why snark is the stuff of late night TV. We’re sick of the cheerleaders and the motivational coaches and the overachievers telling us how to achieve our personal best. Shut up already.
We feel like sh**t. So can we please be left alone and feel sorry for ourselves?
No, ma’am. No sir. We will have no Debbie Downers here.
All kidding aside, here are some of the best self-talks for beating the blues.
- “This, too, shall pass.” Remember, emotions and circumstances are temporary.
- “I am stronger than anything that happens to me.” You have inner strength. You are capable. Trust yourself.
- “I bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” Dr. Seuss.
- “I’m still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah!” Elton John. Bonus points if you know the name of the song.
- “I gotta right to sing the blues.” Revel in it for a little while with Billie Holiday and a glass of wine. If you’re going for the whole bottle, you’re in danger of self-medicating. Put. It. Away. We are after healthy solutions here.
- “Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” For some reason, this line from Star Wars never failed to crack me up. Go ahead, say it in your best Princess Leia damsel in distress voice, and may the force be with you.
Guys, you’re not exempt from this. If you’re not smiling after saying that line in a falsetto, you have no funny bone in your body. Okay, then try, “Luke, I am your father” in your best creepy Darth Vader voice.
Bringing silliness into your destructive self-talk is like throwing open a curtain and instantly letting light into a dark room.
What are your cures for the blues?
Please note depression is a serious condition, and if you have been feeling depressed for sometime now, you should consider seeking the help of medical professionals who can provide an accurate assessment of your condition. The above advice is not meant to replace any advice you may have received from your own doctor or that of other medical professional.