A new calendar year represents renewal and an opportunity for positive change. But when struggling with depression, mustering motivation for New Year’s resolutions feels impossible.
Depression perpetuates negative thought patterns that sabotage growth. Transforming these unhelpful mindsets through depression therapy provides the mental clarity and energy needed to actually achieve your goals.
It can also make your body feel slow, heavy, and tired. Finding the energy can be a challenge with depression. New Year’s resolutions require a future-focused point of view. If your body is not up for it, your mind probably isn’t either.
Typical Depression Symptoms Therapy for Depression Effectively Alleviates
We’ve all been there. A dark cloud hangs over us. We can’t quite get it together. We isolate ourselves to find ourselves again. Sometimes that works. Some days are more gray clouds than dark clouds. It is still hard.
Here are some common symptoms that depression therapy helps:
Apathy and lethargy characterize moderate to severe depression. However, techniques like value clarification, cognitive restructuring, and small wins in therapy empower intrinsic motivation to pursue meaningful goals.
Depressed minds fixate on worst-case scenarios, undermining hope. Counseling sessions train more accurate thinking to interrupt rumination and reframe challenges as opportunities. One way depression therapy helps with this is by introducing cognitive distortions and working on them.
Depression can wrongly make us feel bad about ourselves. In DC we can chase awards, recognition, and feeling good. Depression can distort our self-perception, obscuring strengths, and magnifying flaws. Through questioning distorted assumptions, therapy nurtures at least neutral self-talk with the goal of positive self-talk. It can also help with practicing gratitude; it is much harder than the cliche sounds.
Lack of Concentration
Mental fog and forgetfulness plague depressed brains. Strategies like list-making, minimizing distractions, and celebrating small acts of focus taught in therapy enhance clarity. We know these sound simple but they are anything but simple. We will show you how to quickly and efficiently utilize these skills to build concentration.
Popular New Year’s Resolutions Through the Lens of Depression Therapy
When you’re working with any of the above issues, New Year’s resolutions might feel very far away. Let us show you how the top three resolutions intersect with depression therapy.
New Year’s Resolution #1 – Lose Weight
Struggling with body image and low energy, weight loss tops many resolution lists. However, negative thought cycles often sabotage progress.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy combats this by building awareness of internal dialogues that trigger emotional eating or passivity. As you learn to disrupt unhealthy patterns, you gain the freedom to adopt uplifting habits that energize your weight loss efforts.
New Year’s Resolution #2 – Reduce Stress
Depression and chronic stress may fuel each other. High cortisol can lengthen depressive episodes. Sadness can certainly stunt resilience to daily pressures.
Therapy helps you set healthy boundaries, manage expectations, and practice mindfulness to reduce anxiety. Lightening your stress load lifts depression.
New Year’s Resolution #3 – Travel More
Depression’s inertia can make leaving your comfort zone seem terrifying or pointless. But counseling shifts self-limiting assumptions.
As depression therapy helps you identify and reframe fears, the possibility of solo excursions or dream trips becomes a source of hope rather than trepidation.
Lasting Change Requires Ongoing Support
Without professional support, New Year’s resolutions often fade quickly as motivation wanes. However, through regularly meeting with a therapist aligned with your values, you gain skills, accountability, and perspectives that sustain positive momentum.
Ongoing counseling provides tools to work through inevitable setbacks while tracking how far you’ve come. Knowing someone is invested in your growth keeps you invested too.
At DCNE, our compassionate therapists walk beside you each week to treat depression at the root.
This year, don’t just set resolutions – seek wholeness. Contact us today to start unlocking your potential!
Lasting Depression Relief Starts Here with Depression Therapy in Washington, DC
We can’t wait to help you navigate the mental health system and get rid of depression.
Other Services at DCNE
Overcoming depressive symptoms is only one of the services we offer. Through compassionate therapies like CBT, EMDR, and neurofeedback, you can rewire the brain patterns sustaining depression long-term. We also provide mental health assessments if you need a diagnosis or aren’t ready to start counseling.