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Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies



Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies

Robert Gebka

ISBN: 978-1-119-02956-4 February 2016 208 Pages


Rise above depression and build a positive future using mindfulness

If 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 mindfulness
to 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