If you think you own it, it will own you [Depression, anxiety, etc]

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We’ve mentioned many times before that the words we use drive our thoughts which, in turn, drives our actions, our behaviours, our habits and our results.


As always, there’s no right or wrong.


If using certain words and describing things in a certain way helps us, that’s cool.


If it doesn’t, we could question it.


With that in mind, what is depression?


What is anxiety?


No right or wrong answer.


How would you describe them?


Fundamentally, they are emotions.


Ways we can feel.


I completely get that our brain chemistry can play a part in how often we feel these emotions and to what degree……….


But they are emotions none the less.




Energy in motion.


Transient states.


No emotion is permanent.


They all ebb and flow.


So, does saying we “have” any of them help?


If it does, that’s cool.


Devil’s advocate.


If saying we “have depression”…………


We “have anxiety”………….


Talking about “my depression” or “my anxiety”…………….


Helps us………….


Then that is great.




We don’t say we “have happiness”, do we?


Or talk about “my joy”.


We accept them (and many others) to be transient feelings that ebb and flow, so why do any other emotions need to be different?


From my experience of working with people who’ve previously described themselves as ‘having’ depression and / or anxiety (or any other emotion)………..


When they’ve come to realise that if they think they own it………….


It will own them…………


Has been a powerful change.


Recognising it as an emotion.


An emotion everyone has to degrees at times.


An emotion that, perhaps, occurs in them more often and to a greater degree than they’d like at the moment.


But an emotion, nonetheless.


Again, no right or wrong.


But it’s always worth remembering that the words we use drive our thoughts which drives our actions, behaviours, habits and results.


If describing it as “my” or “having” depression and anxiety helps, then that’s brilliant.


If seeing it as an emotion, a transient state, works better for us then that’s brilliant too 🙂



Much love,


Jon ‘and Jon not’ Hall

About The Author

Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.