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5 Myths About Fighting the Blues

Posted: 04/05/2012 6:40 am

We all have a few tricks for beating the blues -- things we do when we're feeling down. It turns out, however, that several popular strategies don't actually work very well in the long term. Beware if you're tempted to try any of the following (all of which I often, and unsuccessfully, have tried):

1. Comforting Yourself With A "Treat"
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Often, the things we choose as "treats" aren't good for us. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt, loss of control, and other negative consequences just deepen the lousiness of the day. So when you find yourself thinking, "I'll feel better after I have a few beers... a pint of ice cream... a cigarette... a new pair of jeans," ask yourself -- will it really make you feel better? It might make you feel worse.

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Have you ever tried to cheer yourself up using a strategy that just made you feel worse, in the end? Or what are more effective ways to beat the blues?


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