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A Simple Secret to Stop Feeling Depressed

How to stop feeling depressed | BIGG SuccessEverybody feels down now and then. But yesterday was Blue Monday – the day that researchers say is the most depressing of the whole year.

So if you’ve got the blues, you have a lot of miserable company!

Before we share the simple secret to stop feeling depressed, we want to clarify what this post is about.

If you feel down occasionally, this post will help. If you feel down most of the time, seek out a professional.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. The simple secret to stop feeling depressed can be summarized in just one term:


Let’s talk about four moves you can make right now to beat the blues.

Move like you mean it

Move around physically. Get up. Change your scenery.

Go for walk. Or a run. Do some calisthenics. Go workout.

Dance! Not the way you usually dance. Put on some jammin’ music. And dance like Elaine.

Move like you mean it!

Move 180 degrees

Move mentally. Have you ever noticed that one negative thought often begets another? The next thing you know you find yourself in a downward spiral?

Move 180 degrees. Every time you have a negative thought, force yourself to think about something positive in your life. And be grateful.

Start with the basics. Focus on seeing the beauty in nature. What a wonderful world we live in.

Focus on seeing the beauty within you. You are the greatest miracle in the world.

Focus on how you can help other people. Yes, get out of yourself. Do something to make someone else feel better and you’ll feel better.

Move away

We’re not talking about selling your house and moving away. We’re talking about moving away from your routine.

Routines can easily turn into ruts. And as Laurence J. Peter said, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.”

So mix it up. Move away from your rut to a new ritual. You don’t have to do it forever. Just do it today!

Move forward

Think ahead. What do you have coming up?

You do have something to look forward to, right? If you don’t, dive in. That’s your project.

Which leads to the next point – what does BIGG Success mean to you? What will you do today to be a BIGG success?

Take action. Doing beats thinking. It leads to BIGG success!

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A Formula for the Blues

unhappy It’s Monday of the last full week of January. You know what that means? It’s Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, according to Dr Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University psychologist.



He devised a formula to find out when people are unhappiest. It’s based on many factors – the weather this time of the year in many parts of the developed world, Christmas bills coming in as we try to figure out how to pay them, our New Year’s resolutions starting to fall by the wayside, and more.

It’s been reported that fewer people went into debt this Christmas compared to prior years. So maybe it won’t be so bad this year. On the other hand, we get blasted daily with reports of layoffs, store closings and other bad news. Many people are feeling like they’re not in control of their own lives. So this may be a particularly blue Blue Monday.

Rock bottom up!

We can see the glass as half empty or half full. We could just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. Or we could look at it this way – if today really is the most depressing day of the year, then it can only be better for the rest of the year!

It reminds us of J.K. Rowling’s address to last year’s Harvard graduates. She said that, before her success with Harry Potter, she reached rock bottom. She found it very liberating because she knew she had nowhere to go but up.

Dreamin’ and schemin’

That’s what we call our formula for getting over the blues. It works for just about any situation that you’re unhappy about. So use this to get back on track with that New Year’s resolution, for financial problems, and just about anything else. Well, it won’t help with the weather!

Step 1: Allow yourself to mentally escape. For just a little bit, stop thinking about where you are. Instead think about where you want to be. Picture it as clearly as you can. Then write it down.

This has helped us innumerable times. By focusing on where we want to be for a short time, our motivation returns. We find we have new energy to return to the problem that got us down in the first place. Now we have the strength to return to the present and move to the next step.

Step 2: Schedule your steps. With your written description from your mental escape in Step 1 in front of you, think about your current situation. What will it take to get from where you are to where you want to be? Write down every step that you will need to take, focusing of course only on things you can control.

Step 3: Take the first step. This is really the most important step. Taking even the smallest step helps you lose that feeling of powerlessness. It gives you a reason to pat yourself on the back. It gets positive energy flowing to solve your problem instead of being frozen by it.

This is something that helps us get over the blues. What works for you?


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Oh, and if you’re feeling down today, hang in there. Dr. Arnall has also calculated the happiest day of the year. That happens in June!

Thanks so much for reading our post today.

Tomorrow, we’re inaugurating a new President here in the United States. He’ll swear that he will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” Join us next time when we ask, “Does your organization need a Constitution?”

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