Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies
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With the right support, recovery from depression with mindfulness is possible. It is useful to remember that any healing through depression takes time and is often met with an up and down process of lows, highs, stable periods, lows again, then more stable times leading to another improvement and feeling better.

As much as you may want it to, wellbeing often does not happen overnight. It is normal to want to speed things up or to worry that you will never feel better. The thing to remember is that with time and the right support your symptoms will improve, and you will feel better.

Very often people do not notice any improvement, mainly because you can’t see how far up the line of recovery you have actually travelled. It’s human nature not to notice positive changes. Also it is possible that each time you feel low on your journey to recovery you mistake it for failure rather than an opportunity to reflect and learn from the experience.

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Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, is a mindfulness trainer and executive director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He works in mental health for Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to the general public as well as business organisations. Robert is also a member of the National Counselling Society as well as the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

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