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Death of the Old Me. Birth of the New Me – A Life Without Depression

For those of you who haven’t yet noticed or for those of you who are not following us on social media (facebook, twitter, instagram), the theme of the week is rebirth. We at Cross Culture Therapy thought it would therefore be fitting to post an article entitled Death of the old me. Birth of the new me. In it, we explore the possibility of a metaphorical rebirth, one that will hopefully set you on course for a life without depression or anxiety. So, without further ado.

Most of what constitutes a depression is the process of constantly reflecting on aspects of the distant or recent past and relating it to the situation one is currently in. For example, if someone is currently suffering from a depression due to the loss of a loved one, that person will go from reflecting on memories of that person, to contemplating a present and future without that person and back again. The same would apply to someone who is suffering from a depression due to a change in family dynamic or work environment. Now, for those of you who are suffering from a prolonged period of depression, I would recommend therapy sessions, but for those who are feeling down or are maybe at the cusp of a depression, I would recommend certain exercises and rituals to jolt you out of the habit of negative thinking. This is where, Death of the old me. Birth of the new me, comes in.

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Begin by making a list of everything you dislike about yourself. This list can be made up of, aspects of your personality as well as things that have happened to you, but if you include things that have happened to you, make sure to write them in a way that illustrates your roll in the event. For example, if you remember several occasions where you were bullied at school write something along the lines of, I let people get to me or I didn’t stand up for myself. This list will become your Death of the old me list. When you are done with that, make a list about everything you want to become. Make sure that this list is comprised of things that can be linked to certain aspects of your personality and nothing superficial. For example, I will assume that I am loved and respected or I will trust myself. This will become you Birth of the new me list. Once you are finished comprising both lists you will add the phrase “I will never” to each sentence of your Death of the old me list and then you will write a poem which starts with the Death of the old me list and ends with the Birth of the new me list and every night before you go to sleep you can read it to yourself and remember that tomorrow, you start anew.

Alternatively, you can write the poem in two parts one being the Death of the old me and the other being of course Birth of the new me. Before you go to sleep you can read the Death of the old me poem and when you wake up you can read the birth of the new me poem.

The point is to make it a habit of seeing life as something that ends and begins with every new day and to see how you can change the narrative and take control of your feelings.

Philip Andersson

Life Coach

Cross Culture Therapy


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Philip Andersson – Life Coach

Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.

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