Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies
Rise above depression and build a positive future using mindfulnessIf you suffer from depression, you know that it?s not something you can simply snap yourself out of. Depression is a potentially debilitating condition that must be treated and managed with care, but not knowing where to turn for help can make an already difficult time feel even more harrowing. Thankfully, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies offers authoritative and sensitive guidance on using evidence based and NHS approved Mindfulness Based Interventions similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help empower you to rise above depression and discover a renewed sense of emotional wellbeing and happiness. The book offers cutting edge self-management mindfulness techniques which will help you make sense of your condition and teach you how to relate differently to negative thought patterns which so often contribute to low mood and depression. The World Health Organization predicts that more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem by the year 2030. While the statistics are staggering, they offer a small glimmer of hope: you aren?t alone. As we continue to learn more about how depression works and how it can be treated, the practice of mindfulness proves to be an effective tool for alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, low self–esteem, and insomnia. With the tips and guidance offered inside, you?ll learn how to apply the practice of mindfulnessto ease your symptoms of depression and get your life back. Heal and recover from depression mindfully Understand the relationship between thinking, feeling, mood, and depression Reduce your depression with effective mindfulness practices Implement positive changes and prevent relapse Whether you are struggling with low mood or simply wish to learn mindfulness as a way of enriching your life, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies serves as a beacon of light and hope on your journey to rediscovering your sense of wellbeing, joy and happiness.
Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Depression and Befriending Your Life 7 Chapter 1: Your Journey to Wellbeing 9 Chapter 2: Understanding the Anatomy of Depression 19 Part II: A Journey into Healing with Mindfulness 33 Chapter 3: You Really Can Heal and Recover! 35 Chapter 4: Understanding Mindfulness 51 Chapter 5: Exploring Our Mental and Emotional Landscape 65 Chapter 6: Understanding the Rhythms and Qualities of the Mind 79 Chapter 7: Reconnecting with the Heart of Self?Compassion 95 Part III: Living Mindfully and Connecting with Happiness 109 Chapter 8: Five-Minute Mindfulness Practices 111 Chapter 9: Discovering the Blessing within Depression 129 Chapter 10: Living Mindfully Every Day 143 Chapter 11: Taking the Next Step 153 Part IV: The Part of Tens 167 Chapter 12: Ten Tips for Preventing Relapse and Staying Well 169 Chapter 13: Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mindfulness 177 Index 187
Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, is a mindfulness trainer and executive director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He works in mental health for Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to the general public as well as business organisations. Robert is also a member of the National Counselling Society as well as the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Learn to: Heal and recover from depression mindfully Understand the relationship between thinking, feeling, mood and depression Reduce your depression with effective mindfulness practices Implement positive changes and prevent relapse Rise above depression and build a positive future through mindfulness When you're in the midst of depression, it's incredibly hard to imagine the possibility of happiness. This book is your beacon, giving you the tools to use mindfulness in your efforts to regain – and maintain – a true sense of well-being and happiness. Start from within – understand how depression affects you and unlock how practicing mindfulness can help manage it Heal and recover – explore and break down barriers to healing, approach depression from a new angle and trust the mindful process to work You are what you think – correct negative thinking patterns that fuel depression and develop a positive new outlook Practice loving kindness – use mindfulness to transform feelings of self-hatred to feelings of self-compassion Open the book and find: What you can do right now to begin healing mindfully Methods to overcome barriers to healing Scientific evidence for using mindfulness for depression Thinking qualities that contribute to well-being Why self-compassion is key How to cultivate a life of happiness, meaning and beauty Strategies for motivating yourself to feel better Tips for preventing relapse and staying well
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