Set Achievable Goals
Setting realistic, achievable, goals helps to boost ones self-esteem. It also gives you something to look forward to daily.
I recently started learning American Sign Language. This is a realistic, achievable, goal for me because I can learn at my own pace, in the comfort of my home.
My best friend’s daughter is gradually going deaf. She presently benefits from the use of hearing aids. The desire to continue communicating effectively with her gives me incentive to continue. My best friend and I get together once a week and we practice what I’ve learned. It’s very upbuilding emotionally because it’s not just benefitting me, but adds to the joy of others (Acts 20:35).
I presently use an iBook by William G. Vicars, Ed.D. entitled, American Sign Language; ASL University Lessons 1 – 5. The app is free and the second book with Lessons 6 – 10 costs $3.99. Dr. Bill also has an ASL website: www.lifeprint.com.
For those of you that may not be interested in learning sign language, here are a FEW ideas to get you started. If you have a chronic illness, and are therefore housebound most of the week, some of these may not be practical.
- Learn another language
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Take up a sport
- Write a book
- Take an art class (jewelry making; ceramics; glass blowing etc.)
- Volunteer for a local charity
- Read the Bible from cover to cover
Have you found goals helpful in relieving and/or minimizing your depression? If so, which ones have you tried?
If you’ve never tried this route, which do you plan to try?
If you’ve tried this with no success, why do you think it didn’t help?