12 Ways to Fight Depression Part 2

September 16, 2008

*Continued from Part 1 of “12 Ways to Fight Depression”

How do you fight depression?

Here are some more depression busters.


What motivates you? What brings a sparkle to your eyes? Ka-Cheng-Ka-cheng if it’s the Peso sign that is not a sparkle. You will be at your best when you are working within your strength zone. You will be at your poorest or at best, average if you force yourself to work within your weak spot.

You need to know what your weak spots are.

If you are a recovering alcoholic then bars, beers and Happy Hour are not exactly tplaces and things you would like to return to. If you have had relationship problems with your spouse then spending solitary moments in the presence of somebody from the opposite sex is not exactly a healthy idea.

If you find yourself in your weak spot then you get depressed. And if you stay in your weak spot you will stay depressed. What you need is to get away from your weak spot and enter into your strength zone. Do what you enjoy doing that takes away your focus on your current disturbing situation which leads us to the next point:


People who suffer from addiction know this. Distractions take their minds off cigarettes, alcohol, pornography or even suicidal tendencies. Some people go into crossword puzzles as hobbies. Now this is not for me. Crossword puzzles are not within my strength zone. The more I do them the more depressed I get.

Playing with my dogs, taking care of them would be a good distraction for me. Walking the dog is therapy for me. When the writer’s block is upon me, I switch to active rest. Pull out my Playstation and play my one and only favorite game and that’s NBA Live and pretty soon after the game, I would be refreshed and ready to put some more words into my work.

Some people do card games The Ilocana my wife cleans the house. This is why when I come home and find my house neat, clean and topsy turvey then I would suspect that she probably went through some moments of challenges that prompted her to look for such healthy distractions. Sports is another option. Maybe gardening or doing crafts. You can be creative and you can find healthy distractions. But watching TV and viewing all those deep dramatic soap operas may plunge you into deeper depths of depression.

Get real. Depression is a killer. You will not be able to function at your best if you are constantly imprisoned in depression.

Robert Burton says: “If there be a hell upon earth, it is to be found in the melancholy man’s heart.”

To some people, despair is a way of life. And what makes this thing bad is that it SUCKS! It is highly contagious and it wearies the soul.

Contrast this to what Paul is saying in the New Testament. He says: Rejoice and again I say Rejoice.” It’s a command and it’s not even a suggestion.

to be continued…

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. dave

    hi sir …great talk at feu,hope you return before i graduate…you are really inspiring…what is the best thing to boost confidence?

  2. celine francisco

    great tips po! These are so true… keep them comin!

  3. jobi mopera

    Hi Sir Francis, Thank you for your speech yesterday in Robinsons Land Learning Conference. I was really inspired by your message, specially when you told us not to be satisfied in achieving our quarterly sales quotas because quota is the expectation of the company in me, and i should have my own expectation for myself higher than what others expect me to do. Now, i have learned to set my goals higher than the company’s standard. Please send me the schedule of your trainings and seminars so i can attend. Thanks a lot! More power to you sir Francis, keep inspiring people. God bless.

  4. Mark Gomez

    Hi Sir Francis thanks for the inspirational talk yesterday.you help us to improve our skills and attitude in sales.May the Lord continue bless you so you can inspire
    more people.especially for a beginner like me who wants to be successful in life.
    More power and God bless!
    Mark of Robinsons Land

  5. Jacob C. Valdevieso

    hi sir. thank you for the articles.

  6. Myla Marie Nalcot

    Hi Sir Francis Kong,

    I always get a chance to watch you on UKG of Abs-Cbn.

    I use to work for Zuellig Pharma when they got you as their speaker to one of their yearly assembly. Remember the “WOW’ words you shared. It became a favorite expression of med-reps from zuellig. They were all inspired by your message…Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to attend…

    A friend and mentor of mine Mr. Alex Cua, told me that he’d give me a copy of your book…but i never had the chance to ask him for the book he promised because i have availed of an early retirement from Zuellig Phama.

    I am now with Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation (authorized dealer of Mitsubishi Motors Vehicles) as their Branch Manager for Butuan City.

    Your an inspiration… your advise on UKG is very informative. Like how to plan for gifts for the x-mas…he he….

    My previous and present Boss and mentors are like you in terms of giving advise and the manner they tell you on how to deal with things…that is why I am so glad where I am now…these I attribute to them…

    I hope you continue to guess in UKG, that way we can all get free tips and advise…

    God bless you Mr.Francis Kong.

  7. mayie

    Hi Mr. Kong, your articles are helpful and inspiring,,,,,
    Thank you Sir…

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