Winter months can seem to drag on forever. With all the gray gloom it’s easy to start feeling glum. It’s rare I recommend a self-help book — or even read one myself — but if you find this winter is taking its toll on you, try Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by Dr. David D. Burns. Dr. Burns has been studying cognitive therapy and mood fluctuation for decades. When Feeling Good first hit the shelves in 1980, no one knew much about cognitive therapy or how successful it could be as a means to treat depression and low self-confidence. Now, many years and revised editions later, Feeling Good has sold millions of copies and is recommended by mental health professionals over and over.
Don’t let the topic scare you, this book is a wonderful reminder for us on how to be kind to ourselves whether you need a little winter pick-me-up, or are suffering with long term negative thoughts. In studies, the ideas Dr. Burns discusses in Feeling Good are proven to work better than many other methods currently used to help improve mood and confidence. Feeling anxious with life? Work? School? Life? These are all things which can bring people down and make them feel unsure. The main focus of Dr. Burns research is that all thoughts create feelings. Further, if we are able to turn initial negative thoughts around – and look at things more objectively – then our feelings will be more positive. Sounds simple but for many of us it’s not.
Don’t let the winter months get you down, if you need a break from the cold but can’t afford a trip to warmer climates, try Feeling Good By Dr. Burns instead – and maybe mentally you can find your beach oasis.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Feeling Good is discussed in Marbles by Ellen Forney which is one of March’s suggested reading titles for the Graphic Novel Discussion Group at the Main. Library. The topic is Graphic Medicine: Narratives of Illness & Caregiving. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 9, 2015.