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iStock 000008379558XSmallWe all feel a little flat from time to time or notice an unwelcome emotional response to whatever.  The most important thing to know about emotions is that they are not totally out of our control.  Perhaps, like me, you're inclined to sometimes forget the bloody obvious when you feel yuk.  Here are a dozen practical and simple things we can all do to lift our mood.

1. Change your physiology.  If you were an actor and I asked you to make yourself feel sad for the part you're playing, you'd need to change your physiology.  You might slump and slouch, breath shallowly, look down, do stuff with your face, not move much and so on.  Try it and see how you feel.  Now, try smiling, (can be as fake as you like), standing or sitting very straight, moving playfully, breathing deeply from your tummy, putting your arms out with your palms up, and see if you can still feel sad that way.  What if you dance or laugh?  What if you stick your finger up your nose?  Remember, something as simple as sitting straight, brathing deeply and smiling can make a huge difference to your emotional state.

2. Acknowledge yourself.  Ask yourself right now, what can you thank yourself for from the last 24 hours or the last 24 years?  There will be something - maybe you made yourself a great cup of tea this morning, maybe you're happy with what you found to watch on TV last night, maybe it was cool how you gave directions to someone while you were shopping, maybe you know you've done some great  things for your kids, maybe you like the shoes your'e wearing, maybe you coped really well with some criticism or rudeness.  It's gets easier with practice.  Think it, say it to yourself, feel it, picture it.  Smile and say to yourself "good job emtying the rubbish bin, well done".  This is about learning to notice the positive about ourselves.

Woman looking sadI’ve been wanting to start writing on this topic for a while, but a bit scared to.  I think this is because of an awareness that I need to be careful to make it clear that I’m not any kind of expert and have no medical qualifications, and that anyone reading about depression might be depressed themselves. 
 
So, my intention is not to be giving any kind of advice here, other than to seek professional help if you need it.
 
Also, I’m not in a position to answer emails about anyone’s personal situation – I’m busy enough trying to keep a handle on my own stuff.
 
That said, here goes.

It seems these days that every second person you meet is suffering depression or has experienced bouts of it at some stage.  So what is it? 

Without looking up definitions and researching it, my personal experience of it is as follows:

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