Words That Heal the Blues: Affirmations and Meditations for Living Optimally with Mood Disorders [NOOK Book]

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“Affirmations (positive self-statements) are a simple and time-proven way of redirecting the mind to accentuate the positive. When you turn your mind to something positive and life affirming, the negative has no place in your mind to dwell. It’s as if the neurons literally light up a different pathway or circuit in the brain. The repetition of affirmations over time will change negative, fear-producing thoughts into positive, uplifting ones, thereby leading to a change in mood.” —from the IntroductionEvery thought produces a neurochemical ...
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Words That Heal the Blues: Affirmations and Meditations for Living Optimally with Mood Disorders

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Overview

“Affirmations (positive self-statements) are a simple and time-proven way of redirecting the mind to accentuate the positive. When you turn your mind to something positive and life affirming, the negative has no place in your mind to dwell. It’s as if the neurons literally light up a different pathway or circuit in the brain. The repetition of affirmations over time will change negative, fear-producing thoughts into positive, uplifting ones, thereby leading to a change in mood.” —from the IntroductionEvery thought produces a neurochemical reaction that in turn affects the way we feel. With this in mind, author and counselor Douglas Bloch developed a daily program of self-care strategies to enhance one’s mood. Based on his best-selling book WORDS THAT HEAL, WORDS THAT HEAL THE BLUES uses the power of daily affirmations to alleviate the painful symptoms of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mood disorders. Each day includes a self-care lesson, a series of affirmations, and an activity to help transform the lesson into positive action. These healing words will comfort and inspire you to let go of fear and worry, and let wellness and harmony into your life, one day at a time.
  • Includes a 30-day program for alleviating depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts and feelings, from the author of HEALING FROM DEPRESSION.
  • According to the Surgeon General, 22 percent of all Americans experience a mental or emotional disorder in any given year, and 50 percent do so in their lifetime.
  • Lessons include “Setting the Intention to Heal,” “Letting Go of Worry,” “Overcoming the Stigma of Depression,” and “Finding Your Purpose.”
  • The original Words That Heal sold more than 85,000 copies and has been translated into five languages.



  • From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307815866
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,257,570
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS BLOCH is a teacher and counselor who writes and speaks on topics of psychology, healing, and spirituality. He has authored ten books including the inspirational self-help trilogy Words That Heal, Listening to Your Inner Voice, and I Am with You Always. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he runs support groups for those healing from depression and anxiety.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Who This Book Is For xiii
Introduction: How to Use This Book 1
The Three Pillars of Mental Health Recovery 5
Affirmations: Their Role in Uplifting Your Mood 9
The Daily Lessons 27
Day 1 Setting the Intention to Heal 31
Day 2 Reaching Out for Support 35
Day 3 One Day at a Time 39
Day 4 Physical Self-Care: The Starting Point of Recovery 43
Day 5 Your Body Was Made to Move 47
Day 6 Taking the Time to Breathe 51
Day 7 Making Your Mind Your Friend 55
Day 8 Accentuate the Positive 59
Day 9 Blessings in Disguise 63
Day 10 An Attitude of Gratitude 67
Day 11 The Self-Talk Solution 71
Day 12 Taming the Inner Critic 75
Day 13 Self-Forgiveness 79
Day 14 Letting Go of Shame 83
Day 15 Bearing the Unbearable Pain 87
Day 16 The Healing Power of Light and Sound 91
Day 17 Moving through Grief 95
Day 18 The Benefits of Employment 99
Day 19 Bringing Pleasure into Your Life 103
Day 20 Managing Stress through the Relaxation Response 107
Day 21 Reducing Anxiety 113
Day 22 He Who Laughs Lasts 117
Day 23 The Power of Self-Esteem 121
Day 24 Accepting Change 125
Day 25 Don't Give Up Five Minutes before the Miracle 129
Day 26 You Have the Power 133
Day 27 Finding Purpose and Meaning 137
Day 28 Persistence 141
Day 29 Breaking Down to Break Through 145
Day 30 Relapse Prevention 149
Day 31 The Joy of Service 155
Appendix A Am I Okay?: An Overview of Mental and Emotional Disorders 159
Appendix B Sample Affirmations for Everyday Use 189
Affirmations for Self-Love/Self-Esteem 190
Affirmations for Love and Relationships 190
Affirmations for Health and Healing 191
Affirmations for Work/Vocation 192
Affirmations for Prosperity 194
Affirmations for Spiritual Development 197
Appendix C How to Create a Vision of Wellness 199
About the Author 207
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