The Heal Depression IQ Matrix explores how to get through emotional struggles and moments in our lives when we feel hopeless, helpless and worthless. These are all signs of mild forms of depression. Understanding how to effectively work through these emotional challenges can help get our life back on track. This mind map takes you through four progressive steps that will help you to work through mild forms of depression. Each step builds on the prior step and can help shift how you think, process, and interact with the world around you. It’s important to note that this map is only to be used for mild forms of depression. If you are experiencing moderate to severe depression, then these steps may not be enough. In such cases, please seek professional help, guidance, and support.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Heal Depression IQ Matrix:
- RECOGNIZE: When struggling emotionally, it’s important to first recognize and acknowledge what is going on. The first branch of this mind map breaks down how to recognize hopeless and helpless thoughts that are often a sign of mild forms of depression.
- ASSESS: Having recognized and acknowledged your emotional struggles, it’s now time to objectively think through and expand on those thoughts. The second branch of this mind map presents you with a series of questions that will help you to critically examine how and why you are struggling emotionally.
- CHOOSE: Now that you are familiar with your thoughts and emotional tendencies, it comes time to make a different set of choices that will lead you down a more favorable emotional path. The third branch of this mind map poses various questions that encourage you to question your beliefs, worries, thoughts and the stories you are telling yourself. Answering these questions will begin to throw doubt on how you’re feeling and the emotional strategies you are using.
- PLAN: The final branch of this mind map breaks down your action plan. Here you are presented with additional questions that help you build a proactive plan of action that will help lead you down the path towards emotional recovery. Experimentation and building hypothetical scenarios are two methods used here to help set a positive frame of mind.
This map provides a roadmap for healing Depression. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these principles into your subconscious mind. Only in this way will you develop optimal habits of mind and patterns of behavior that will transform how you think and feel in various situations.
A mind map does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you are trying to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information, thereby, rewiring itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s the perfect tool for creating lasting change and transformation.