If you’ve read these blogs for any period of time, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the power of just changing the way we describe things.
Using different words.
It doesn’t automatically make things super easy.
But, for such an easy change, it often produces disproportionate results.
The words we change to can’t feel like a lie.
They can’t feel made up.
I’ve said many times before but there’s not much point (for most people at least) in standing in front of a mirror and repeating “You’re a tiger. Go get ’em champ”.
It feels silly and fake.
But if we can change the words we use for something that, at least, shows signs of becoming true, it can slowly change the way we see the situation.
And mood and mental health is a great area to tweak how we describe things.
From my experience, expressions like “I have depression” or “I am depressed” have a sense of permanence to them.
They just are what they are.
I am, of course, not saying people don’t get depressed or don’t have depression.
I’m just saying that there might be a more beneficial way to describe the situation.
Could we instead describe it is “being in low mood”?
More temporary descriptions.
Ones that we feel like they’ll change over time.
Maybe ones that we can see more of a way out of?
Perhaps also ones that just feel more of a natural thing?
I’m pretty sure everyone would say they were “feeling flat” or “in low mood” at some point.
I know I would.
Maybe this change, or others, would make no difference whatsoever.
But there’s only one way to find out.
Try that change, or any other related to an area of challenge in your life, for a while.
Come up with another way to describe a situation that feels more positive but doesn’t feel untrue.
Try and use that description for a week or a month.
Doesn’t make any difference?
But at least you’ll know then.
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Jon ‘Rider’ Hall
RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!