Somedays I went back to bed after I got the kids off to school. I watched too much TV trying to reduce my stress level and "relax" but that only contributed because there was stuff not getting done that needed to be done. It was so hard for me to "get going" and do what I needed to do. If you have never had depression you probably can't really relate. You may think "well, just do it!" For some reason, it is just not easy.
But I have a little yellow friend--my CLICKER. My friend helps me "Just Do It!" I have had it for a while but it has been gathering dust. I posted about when our family all got clickers in May but we didn't go very far with them, darn it. I was reminded about my clicker again and started using it while Scott was gone. Using it to count my positive thoughts. (ok--actually Hilary from billionclicks.org sent me another one and asked me to use it and blog about it to spread the word of how wonderful it is!)
When the kids are fighting, or whining at me, or not going to bed well and my thoughts are "I can't do this!" "I want to run away!" my clicker reminds me to take a deep breath and tell myself "Yes I can!" "I can handle it." I wear it around my wrist as a reminder to tell myself positive things.
During my husband's absence and I was maybe not dealing with it all too wonderfully, I felt the energy or morale in our home drop. I was tired, the kids were fighting more, and we all seemed grumpy. I began to use my clicker to try say positive things to my children, and about my children in an effort to change the attitude in our home. I felt so much better! They felt better! We felt happier. Giving compliments is not a very natural thing for me but with my clicker I am working on it!
I made it through the long month with the help of my clicker and family and friends!
I get so much done using my clicker! because it gives me spark of motivation that I needed to start the day and to keep going- instead of going back to bed or something equally unproductive. However, some days the clicker gets forgotten and I think of it later in the day realizing I am not clicking. And usually I realize that I am not having a great day.
The one thing we can never get enough of is POSITIVENESS. And in this world we all need lots of positive.
What can drive away depression? Positiveness!! Not to say that I am cured with a clicker because depression is not that simple. However when I can accomplish a task that I just don't feel I can face, though simple it may be, and am able to do it, I am lifted up tremendously and my brain is reminded that Yes, I can TOO do it. I am a winner! And the more I use my clicker the more my brain is trained to push away the negative and open to and see the positive.
I click for things I am thankful for too. Beautiful autumn weather. Yellow and orange leaves. Kids' beds that are made. The ability to go grocery shopping (though it's my least favorite task). Dustin serving a mission. Brennen. Andy. Janessa. Cameron. Scott. friends. every little thing I click for helps my brain dwell on the positive.
So how do you get a clicker!?! go to billionclicks.org. BillionClicks.org is a website where people from everywhere can log their positive thoughts! They are on a mission to change the world for good...one click at a time. They have almost 3.5 millions clicks and hope to reach a billion! Add yours! Watch this short video to see how it all got started. Then order a clicker kit of your very own!
When you enter your clicks at BillionClicks.org, you can receive a free digital kit with downloadable quotes, wallpaper and more! plus read awesome uplifting blog posts and comments from others who are clicking.