What’s Your Battle Cry? Beat the Blues in 30 Seconds a Day

3 years ago

Soothsayers claim that January and February are the most depressing months of the year. And the most depressing days in those months are the dreaded Blue Mondays.  And one of those dastardly days is upon us!

What’s to be done?

Shall we be overcome and drown in our own Haagen Dazs? Pull the covers over our heads and call in sick? Compete with the cat in a sleeping contest? (Your cat, incidentally, is not sleeping - she has her head in your melted ice cream.)

Nay! I tell you, there is a better way!

A trixy way. A magical way. It is a simple way. But like many simple, magic, trixy things, it is not necessarily easy…

However, this simple-magic-trixy way can be a weapon in your arsenal, and aid you in defeating the mother of all monsters, the dragon of depression - and set you up for the best year of your life. Do you want that? Do you want this year to be better than the last? And the one before? Do you want this year to be the best yet? Then we must fight for it.

They say that if you don’t know the name of your enemy, you can not defeat it. The name of this mighty dragon of depression I shall reveal to you. Hush now, this must be whispered loudly enough for you all to hear. The name of that most malevolent of monsters is…is…. Debbie Downer!

I know, I could have come up with something scarily exotic from Norse legend like Jörmungandr. But it doesn’t start with a D and I like alliteration. OK, the truth is, I don’t know how to pronounce Jörmungandr, and if we want to slay it, we have to say it. Properly.

Now form yourself into a maddening mob and grab your nearest flaming torch or pitchfork - we have some rabble to rouse here. Whip yourself up into a mind-boggling frenzy! We shall prance like tigers, pounce like ninjas and frolic like a merry band of sea otters! Frivolity aside (just for a second) we really are fighting for our lives.

Many experts far more sensible than me have established that real, long lasting change comes from making small incremental changes in our daily lives. In our habits of action and thought.  Tony Robbins uses the analogy of flying an aircraft. Small degree by degree changes are made on rout and the aircraft ends up on the other side of the world. There is power and magic here. The sneaky kind. The kind we will use. And we shall begin in this very instant.

Are you with me? Swords everyone! Light sabers are not only acceptable but encouraged. Your ice cream spoon will do at a push! Rise it above your head and bellow your battle cry!

What? No battle cry?

We all need our own battle cry. Words have power, your own words have the most power over you. You must create your own battle cry. Make it powerful! Make it magical! Make it up!

It can be religious or profane. Ridiculous or profound. It can be funny or serious, but it MUST make you feel powerful. You can call on the angels, the Gods or the sea otters to help you. Call them with power, and they will come, in a winged chorus, a blinding light or a smashing of abalone shells. What will arise with them is your most magnificent self.

As Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?”

Indeed, who are you not “to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”

Now, ponder that battle cry. Make it good. Make it pack a punch. A punch big enough to topple a dragon. THE dragon. Debbie Downer, the Dragon of Depression. Your battle cry is the power in your sword, the energy in your light saber and the magic in your spoon. Use it to pick yourself up, cheer yourself up, and remind you of your true, “brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous” self.

Now shout it out (in your head if you’re on the bus) for 30 seconds.

Congratulations! You’re done. That was easy wasn’t it?

Check back for more 30 second tricks to get you through Blue Monday, Morose Month and build the best year of your life.

H.J. Blenkinsop


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