How to survive the 6 stages of depression

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Now that the glitz and glamour of the holiday is over, this is the time of year when the weather is gloomy and cold and this is often when a lot of people start falling into depression. Eric Bailey, CEO and mentor at Live Well Feel Well, is a best selling author on how to improve your life. 

At Feel Well, Live Well they employ Board Certified Hypnotherapists, and they have created a chart mapping out the 6 stages of depression and what to do in each stage to begin to get out of it:

Stage 1:

  •  Deepest stage of depression. All motivation is lost at this stage. This is usually where people don’t even feel they can’t even get out of bed. When other people say things like, “Just snap out of it!” or “Just count your many blessings,” it doesn’t do any good and can actually further sink a person even deeper into depression. In Stage 1 it’s important for them to VALIDATE what they are feeling. They feel depressed, and that’s ok! Once depression has been validated, often it can lift them to a higher stage.

Stage 2:

  • This is where the person wants to want to feel better. They aren’t quite at the stage where they want to, they merely want to want to. During Stage 2, doing something PASSIVE to help them start to feel better, such as watch a funny video, read a favorite book, listen to uplifting music, etc. They aren’t ready to be active, but they are at least at a stage where passive activities can begin to pull them out. 

Stage 3:

  • This is when they want to feel better. Motivation is beginning to return. When a person is in stage 3, it’s important to find something in the future to look forward to. It’s still difficult to try to see good in the present moment, but in stage 3 they can at least lift themselves up to a higher level by looking forward to something in the future, like a special occasion or vacation. 

Stage 4:

  • This is the stage where people can SEEK HELP. They finally feel motivated to do something to feel better, but they still need help in stage 4, so this is when they would go see a doctor, a counselor, a trusted friend, a BEST practitioner, a hypnotherapist, or whatever is right for them. It is important to seek outside help in this stage because depression loves solitude, so it’s important to connect with another person so that they can get out of that stage.

Stage 5:

  • Motivation is nearly completely back. It is during stage 5 that it’s important to GET MOVING. Moving the body, especially when it’s out in nature, really invigorates the mind and releases endorphins into the body so that the person really feels better. Performing selfless service is another great option when in stage 5. 

Stage 6:

  • This is the stage when it is possible and necessary to look back over the situation and really look for the lessons that occurred when whatever triggered the depression happened. Every trial in our lives are designed to help us learn certain lessons. Trials without learning lead to more suffering, but trials with learning lead to breakthrough. When a person is in one of the deeper stages of depression, there is no motivation to look for lessons, but it is really important to do so in stage 6 to bring closure to the period of depression. 

For a free download of Eric’s CD ‘Climbing Out of the MudPit’ (which goes over these 6 stages), email with the subject heading ‘MudPit.’
For more information visit and find them on Facebook: @feelwelllivewelltherapy.

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