Practicing Mindfulness and Taking a Timeout
There is growing evidence that practicing mindfulness helps a lot with depression. It involves controlling your thought process, regularly observing your thoughts and bringing them back to the present. This can be achieved by focusing on your breath, some part of the body, or by learning some yoga. These techniques are best learned by joining professional classes, which teach how to disengage highly negative thoughts and practice a positive thought pattern. Further, mindfulness can help to get rid of feelings of guilt and shame (7).
Also, try to take a timeout when negative thoughts come to mind and develop a kind of ritual by getting involved in a short enjoyable activity like go for a 15 minutes’ walk, making a tea or food, having a bath.