Life is beautiful

Life is beautiful and worth living.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, from this article

I have struggled with depression at different points of my life, and I wanted to share what helped me through those dark times–and they are things that still help me to stay happy and know that life is beautiful and worth living.

TURN TO GOD

  • Pray
  • Pray again
  • Pray even more
  • Study scriptures and other inspiring books to know and understand truth
  • Know that you are a child of God
  • Be grateful

LIVE

  • Simplify
  • Cut unimportant things out of your life
  • Be present
  • Take time to ponder
  • Stay busy
  • Slow down
  • Small steps are good steps
  • Have regular planning sessions
  • Set modest goals for yourself
  • Motivation follow action; knowledge follows obedience

PHYSICAL

  • Take a nap
  • Exercise
  • Drink water
  • Take supplements
  • Go on antidepressants

CONTROL THOUGHTS

  • Count positive thoughts with a clicker
  • Write down thoughts and talk back to the negative ones
  • Just because you feel a certain way doesn’t make those negative thoughts true
  • Be optimistic and have a good perspective, and don’t predict the future.

GUILT

  • Don’t blame yourself when it’s not your fault
  • Guilt is about viewing yourself as a bad person; godly sorrow is realizing that you are divine
  • Be okay with your weakness–everyone has a lot of weaknesses
  • Don’t “should” yourself–replace should statements with “I want to.”
  • Be gentle with yourself

SELF-WORTH

  • Don’t compare yourself
  • Embrace being average
  • You don’t have label yourself as good or bad–you are just a person who is trying
  • Success is family
  • Don’t fake it
  • Learn not to care what other people think about you; care what God thinks about you
  • See yourself how God sees you
  • You are worthwhile because you are a child of God; you don’t need anything more than that
  • Give away your image of a perfect person

TREAT OTHER PEOPLE KINDLY

  • Empathy
  • Don’t judge others, and don’t label them
  • Don’t try read people’s minds
  • Swallow anger and complaints and they’ll go away
  • Serve others often

ENJOY LIFE

  • Participate in a hobby
  • Get out of the house
  • Learn something new

SEEK OUT HELP

  • Talk to people
  • Read
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Learn how to communicate better with others

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