“I Would Never Have Thought . . . !”

The 8 Surprising Reasons That Might Be Causing Your Depression

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You may know how common depression is—6.7% of all Americans age 18 or older experience at least one major depressive episode each year, according to statistics compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health. —  Lindsey Antin, MA, MFT

Feeling bluesy lately? While mental health experts agree that some depressions come without any apparent reason whatsoever, the world is rife with things that could trigger melancholic feelings and dejection in just a snap. Below are 8 of these “I would never have thought!” things. Read on and find out if one [or two!] of them is causing yours without you knowing it.

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Making The Right Choices

According to the most “reliable” sources in the internet sphere, a person makes at least 35,000 decisions in 24 hours. As for children, they make 3,000 choices every single day. This number was reported in Quora, LinkedIn, and Thinking Business Blog, among others.

Your present reality is all you have, and all you need. Do your best to get in tune with what you are feeling and make the best choice you know how to make in the now considering what feels right. — Kim Egel, MFT, MA

We make quite many decisions on a daily basis. While some are small and pose little concerns, other choices that we make can be significant and life-altering. Some of the options will have a tremendous effect on our future, and this is why we need to think about our decisions well. Can you say to yourself that you have been making the better choices in life?

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How to make the right choices.


You have to tackle significant things head on.


Every day, we make big decisions, and yet we act as if it’s ordinary and regular. We decide on critical matters in a flash which has a vital future after-effect like how to discipline your misbehaving child, turning left on a “no left turn” sign, eating seafood even if you’re allergic and more. These are vital matters to consider before deciding because if you were wrong, then, it can have an adverse consequence afterward.


Separate big things from little things. Don’t get distracted by irrelevant issues. If you focus on nonsense things, you won’t have the luxury to envision on what matters in your life.

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Building Your Self-Confidence


Mastering your self-confidence.


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People who are self-confident exude an aura of inspiration and others admire their cheerfulness. These type of people are not afraid to take risks, and when they want something, they go and get it. They don’t care about hurdles and challenges along the way because they have their eyes on the prize.

In fact, studies have demonstrated that psychology is responsible for 80 per cent of the success. — Aldo Civico Ph.D.

Self-confident people don’t settle for mediocre. They always want to achieve their goals, and they positively look at things. At times, when a situation goes south, they are not discouraged by it. Instead, they move forward with self-respect and courage in their hearts.


How fulfilling it is to become a self-confident person because they always get what they want and feel the contentment after every accomplishment! But not everyone in this world is self-confident. In fact, others find it difficult to be assertive or buoyant. Well, you don’t have to be. You can be self-confident if you want to, but you have to practice the ways.


How to acquire, exercise and master your self-confidence.


Self-confidence is not an inborn talent. Barrie Davenport, an inspirational book author, said that it could be learned and when you learn the ways, you have practiced it persistently. As you consciously and intentionally practice being self-confident, there will come a time when you will master this characteristic and confidence will just come out of you.

Another way that people keep themselves feeling unloved or inadequate is that they fail to remember evidence of them being worthwhile or successful people. — Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D.

Think: People will believe in me only if I believe in myself.


Below are five known ways on how to become self-confident. If you are willing to learn, then, don’t just read these tips. You have to breathe it in and let it envelop your system. In everything that you do, exercise confidence, and you have to start today. Remember, practice makes it perfect. Go and get your confidence on!

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Achieve Success By Setting Goals

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I heard from a hotel magnate a few years back that he would write “things to do” at night in a small notepad before he went to sleep and he would strive to complete everything in that list on the next day. He says that doing it that way contributed to his success as a person and as an entrepreneur. From then on, I would always try to remember jotting down things to do and finish them accordingly.


This is a perfect example of setting goals and accomplishing them. It may be simple and just day to day activities but it is a habit to do, a purpose in life and an important part of being human. For some, these goals are challenging to achieve and the road going there is not smooth, but that’s the essence of life. When you wake up in the morning, you know that you have meaning. You know that you have something to do that is interesting and engaging. Hitting short-term and long-term goals are a learning experience which can also make you a happy person.

To achieve success, talent and intelligence are both useful but not enough. — Aldo Civico Ph.D.

With that, how can a person effectively set up his goals?


Make a decision.


What do you want to do, have to do, or work on something? It can be big or small, and remember that no goal is immaterial or unimportant. As long as you’re excited and interested in doing something, you have to go for it. When making a decision on your goals, it has to be something that you’re passionate about. It’s not for the benefit of others only. The purpose of making a goal is for self-improvement. This must be your motivating factor.

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There Are No Limits To What You Can Do

A woman’s confession after her husband passed away


My name is Marina, and I am a mother of five beautiful kids with ages 14, 12, 10, 8 and 6. I used to see myself as weak and dependent on my husband on almost everything, especially for financial matters. But when he died, everything was in disarray. The love of my life and our main breadwinner was gone in a snap. What’s more shocking for me is that have to be responsible for five small children at 30 years old. This is not uncommon to be stressed with parenting burdens according to www.anchoragetraumacounseling.com/

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