We always hear that positive affirmations and mantras can increase confidence, but my (late) psychiatrist dad had said that they don’t always work when a person is blue. That is because the depressed brain doesn’t believe them! Here’s a solution. Focus on all the bad qualities you don’t have. This will get your brain out of its negative state. You might tell yourself: I am not a bad parent. I’m not a reckless driver who text-messages. I’m not a person who never hugs anyone. I’m not a person who forgets to put food and water in the dog’s bowls.
My dad, Philip Pugh, MD, psychiatrist and neurologist, used to say, “Frogs are happy because they eat the buggers that bother them.”