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Recap: think, do, feel.

Yesterday, we looked at the Vicious Cycle and saw that how you think and what you do affects how you feel. Today we will think about the easiest way to break the Vicious Cycle.

Magic Plans

To break the Vicious Cycle you need to change the way you think or change what you do. It's probably easiest to change what you do to start.

People with depression stop doing normal things. To break the Vicious Cycle you need to start doing normal things again.

Think about a normal thing you want to start doing. If you need some help, take a look at our suggestions below:

Eat Well

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet.

Feel Close to Others

Meeting, phoning or texting friends and family.

Keep the House Tidy

Being able to keep on top of the housework.

Get Up on Time

Starting the day well by getting out of bed bright and early.

Go for a Walk

Getting some fresh air by taking a walk outside.


Setting aside time to relax.

Do a Hobby

Get into a hobby like gardening or watching sport on TV.

Read the News

Pick up a paper or watch TV to get up to speed with what's going on in the world.

Pay the Bills

Going to work or keeping on top of bills.

Watch the video to find out more:

Now it's time to make your own Magic Plan. You can download a blank template from the Worksheets area.

Remember: make it easy, break it down, take it slow.

You're going to complete Step 1 of your Magic Plan before tomorrow's lesson, so make it achievable!

Today's Summary

Remember these three things

  1. BREAK THE VICIOUS CYCLE - Every time you complete a step of your Magic Plan you break the Vicious Cycle.
  2. BREAK IT UP - Whatever goal you set, break it up into tiny little steps. 
  3. KEEP MAKING MAGIC PLANS - Make a Magic Plan for every goal you have. The more Magic Plans you complete, the better you will feel.

Lesson Complete!
Here's your homework:

Complete Step 1 of your Magic Plan before tomorrow's lesson.