Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tip#899: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 6 – Depression - A Little Chaos

Social withdrawal is one of the most common signs of depression. In my case I thought the increasing withdrawal over the years what just part of my character and so clinical depression was hard to diagnose. Thankfully I was properly diagnosed 10 months ago and received help and guidance. Currently my mental health has been stable for over 10 weeks now. These 3 factors are what is helping:

1. Mindset/Mood reprogramming: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group program, spiritual practices, inspiring movies
2. Nutritional diet changes: Brain/gut connection, hydration
3. Increased social interactions: in person

Everyday I’ve been implementing these 3 factors and this past week has been filled with the most interactions I’ve had in person or by telephone with new people in a long time. These are either new friends, potential clients or work colleagues. It did take extra energy to prepare for each conversation but I believe it came easier because I’d been working on my mindset/mood reprogramming and committed to my nutritional diet changes. That was the actual start to cultivating these new supportive relationships.

A Little Chaos (2015)

The period drama film, A Little Chaos, is about a landscape-gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) assigned to construct the grand gardens at Versailies in 1682. This film is filled with lavish scenery, sumptuous costumes and wonderful performances by Winslet, Stanley Tucci as the flamboyant Duke Philippe d'Orleans and Alan Rickman playing King Louis XIV. See: movie trailer

This meditative film has many empowering moments for Sabine who is dealing with deep loss and living a sad, withdrawn life. This opportunity to share her creative gifts and vision thrusts her into the social circle of the King’s court where she quickly develops relationships that are supportive and nurturing to her recovery. Sabine, in return, is helpful to others including her love interest André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) and to the King himself.

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Having a vision
• Supportive Relationships
• Leadership & Teamwork
• Courage & Confidence
• Believing in Yourself
• Redemption

If you’ve been feeling socially withdrawn either because of depression or other reasons remember that cultivating supportive relationships will be an important key to your recovery. And remember that self-care with your spirit, mind and body will need your loving attention first!

Related Tips:
Tip#300: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 1 – Top 25 Movies 
Tip#824: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 2 – Bell Let’s Talk Day - Wild Card  
Tip#856: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 3 - Mental Health - John Nash - Welcome to Me 
Tip#859: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 4 – Paper Planes
Tip#886: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 5 - Walk the Line
Tip#899: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 6 – Depression - A Little Chaos
Tip#907: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 7 – Depression - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2  
Tip#918: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 8 - The Intern   
Tip#1118: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 9 - Alpha  Tip#41: Recognize The Support Around You - 4 Movie Tips 


Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Inspiration & Epiphanies

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2015

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