At this point, I’m hoping you might be feeling excited, or at least a glimmer of excitement, knowing that Make Your Mind UP: Decide to be Depression-Free offers you the best possible chance for depression recovery.
I’m hoping you’re feeling as excited about taking this course as I am about bringing it to you (because I know it’s going to change your life).
But I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re also having some doubts and worries about whether this course will work for you. That's pretty normal when you're depressed!
So in case you’re feeling nervous, let me clear up some of the myths and fears you may be thinking right now...
1. I’m too depressed to start this course. I have no energy or motivation.
The very first exercise shows you how you can identify activities which will raise your mood. Raising your mood and making you feel a little better will help you continue with the course.
The key to raising your mood and your confidence is teeny, tiny baby steps done consistently. You need only work on this course for 5 minutes each day if you think that’s all you can manage.
As horrible as this sounds, the things we believe we cannot do are the very things we really need to do. So stand up, stretch tall and as the famous sports manufacturer says, Just Do It.
2. I’m on medication and I’m pretty sure it's enough for me.
Great! I’m glad to hear it's working for you. If you’re satisfied that you can make the lifestyle changes needed for a good recovery from depression, then this course may not be for you.
You see, living well is not just about feeling a bit brighter, having a slightly more cheerful mood.
Living well is about having the emotional resilience to cope when challenging situations hit us once again.
Depression recovery is about recreating your life in many different aspects, from nutrition to exercise, good sleep and social connection and having a meaningful life. Living without low mood doesn’t just mean feeling happier, it means living a fulfilling, contented, peaceful life and being confident to deal with the highs and lows. Medication doesn’t give you any of those things…
3. Isn’t this just like CBT or other talk therapy?
This course does lean on psychological ideas in some ways, but it’s unique as well.
When you go to chat to your psychologist, it is unlikely that he or she will understand enough about neuroscience to know the practical steps needed to create new pathways in the brain which will help raise your mood and keep it up.
Sure, thinking differently will change your brain, but there are practical things you can do as well. This course has both elements; some ‘sit down and think’ exercises and some ‘practical, get up and move around now’ exercises.
Fundamentally, the course is based on coaching techniques, which are focused on setting goals and the change needed to reach them. But I'm not expecting that you'll make massive practical changes in your life (although you might), but I am expecting you to change in your view of depression and what it means to live free of depression. It's more 'mind-changing', than action-based. Mind-changing is life-changing too!
4. But I don’t understand. This course will not make me well? Then why should I take it? It doesn’t seem to make sense.
The problem with chronic low mood is that it keeps us in our head. Nobody likes to feel depressed, nobody wants depression. But just saying to yourself, ‘I wish I wasn’t depressed. I wish this depression would go away’ isn’t always enough.
If getting rid of depression were that simple, it’s likely you’d have done it by now.
So we go to the doctor and he or she puts us on medication and suggests we get some psychological therapy. We do those things because someone else, our doctor, suggests it to us.
It seems normal. We don’t feel well, so we go to the doctor. We’re not thinking straight, so the doctor tells us to go to the therapist. The therapist talks to us about our thinking patterns.
Has anyone ever asked you why you want to be well?
My doctor certainly didn’t and neither did my psychologist. Of course, they were well intentioned and wanted me to feel better. But neither had felt what I was feeling and that is one of the main differences with this course.
I’ve been exactly where you are and I know that you need to get this stuff clear – why do I want to be calm and contented and experience more happiness, who do I want to be instead of this miserable person and what kind of life do I want to lead? – before you can get well.
Now, thinking about these questions and doing some serious reflection and decision-making will actually make you feel better.
So the course is designed to bring you relief from your negative thoughts and emotions, but is unlikely to bring you to full recovery because there is more work to be done than is covered in this course. This is the foundation course for all the others.
5.You keep mentioning other courses. Will I be doing courses (and paying for them) forever to get rid of my depression?
No, certainly not. It's entirely up to you. Some people surge ahead and set goals and meet them on their own; others prefer a step-by-step program to help them find their way.
Depression Recovery School also offers other courses which cover all the lifestyle changes that need to be made to give yourself the best possible chance of living the kind of life you want without stress or emotional instability making any kind of impact on your life.
These stand-alone courses, which go into each of these lifestyle changes in more depth, can be chosen on an as-needs basis, either separately or bundled together.
6. Can’t I find all this information online?
Possibly, if you want to pick through hundreds of websites and who has the energy for that?
7. I want to do it but I don’t think I can find the time.
This is a question only you can answer. But can I ask you one in return?
When will the time be right?
8. I want to do it, but I’m just not sure I can…
Welcome, friend, you’re in the right place. This course is exactly for you. Even if you don’t think you can do it right now.
If you are thinking about hurting yourself or ending your life, you need to seek urgent medical assistance now by calling the emergency phone numbers in your country. DO NOT attempt this course until you feel more stable.
You don’t need a doctor’s official diagnosis of depression, but just suspect that life is not living up the dreams and goals that you had when you were younger.
If you feel you are lacking in self-confidence, self-esteem or any other negative thought about yourself, you can do this course. This course will help you in all these areas.
9. Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?
You have 30 days to go through the course, try the strategies, and get results. If these methods don’t work for you, just shoot me an email and let me know how I can do better and I’ll gladly give you a full refund.
10. What format is the course content delivered in?
The course is fully downloadable and you will receive:
- A course book of over 100 pages delivered in pdf format
- A video with me performing the tapping rounds from the ‘Dealing with Negative Thoughts’ section
You’ll also receive these additional bonuses:
- My Emotional Freedom Technique manual in pdf format
- 10 tapping scripts also in a pdf
- A calendar to help you plan out how you’ll take the course
I’ll also be keeping in touch with you by email throughout the course and you are very welcome to email me with questions or concerns as you go through it. I respond to all student emails!
11. What will I need to do the course?
To do the course you will need an open-mind and an intention to give it your best shot even if you are not very confident that this will work for you.
On the practical side, you’ll need a note book (preferably a large one, A4) and a nice pen to write with.
You could do this on your computer or iPad, but I strongly recommend you do the exercises long-hand. There’s something very relaxing about writing out your thoughts and ideas, but an iPad will do.