How to Cure Yourself of Depression

Definitely me on a bridge, stretching before a run.

Definitely me on a bridge, stretching before a run.

Heads up. It’s not easy. But since you’re here, you must believe it is at least possible. We’re off to a great start.

Also, I’m not a therapist. I am however a certified problem solver. But I’m also a chronic over-thinker. I’m learning to use it to my advantage. To apply this problem-gift only when required. Like at work, for example. And not every other damn moment of existence.

The upside is that the solution is simple.

Barring any chemical imbalance; you already have within you everything you need to cure yourself of depression. It is a real disorder. The more we can be OK with discussing it in the open, the better off we’ll all be.

Stats indicate depression is on the rise (especially among young teens in the US). And since it affects us all, it effects us all.

Two truisms:

  • You can’t think your way out of depression

  • The alternative to thinking (and the cure to overthinking) is action

You can’t use the same thinking that got you into the problem. Indeed, thinking isn’t the best approach at all. Action is. You need to take action in another direction. Any other direction.

Instead of going around in logic circles surrounding the things that bother you, you should go for a run. When the grievance resurfaces, just take a breath (or many) and get back into the present moment of running your ass off. Don’t dwell, just run.

Know that with every step, you forge a new perspective; away from the past and into a new future.

Get off the treadmill of life. Run in nature whenever possible. Feel the nature, literally in your face! Run in the rain. Feel the angst wash off.

Feel the harmonious motion of your body. If you’re not used to it, check back in after 109 km (or, 67.73 miles or, a metric shit-ton). Practice. Learn the technique. Be patient.

Running is just an example. Action always trumps overthinking.

Don’t think, just start. Start anything, in action. Get moving. Not stopping. Being sedentary isn’t natural. Nature is in constant motion.

The gift is that action forces us into the present moment.

You might be running and thinking of your next appointment. You’re doing it wrong. You have to let go. The mind doesn’t want to. The ego thinks it needs to monitor all things; all mentions, impulses, notions and notifications. None of it matters. Only presence matters.

Action is on our side. It helps us ignore the mind, to cultivate awareness, to eventually let go. Loosen the grip. Go with the flow. Get into the mental flow by leveraging the physical flow.

Feel your breath, your heartbeat, the pavement. Be one. No self. Be the observer.