There is a common belief that all sharks must keep moving to stay alive. According to the American Museum of Natural History, Seminars on Science, this is only true in Great White, Mako, and Whale sharks because they are obligate ram ventilators, which means they must constantly move water over their gills to breathe, it is not true in the majority of sharks.
That was today's science lesson... But what does that have to do with us humans?
According to the World Health Organization, depression has become one of the most common illnesses, it affects over 300 million people on Earth. Antidepressant medications have been used to treat depression for decades. Dismayed with the side-effects of these medications, many people are seeking an alternative treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method that teaches a person to observe and challenge their own perception of a given situation. One of the concepts in CBT is that one must take an action in order to feel better. If one sits and waits until one feels better before taking an action, one will not feel better. The emphasis is on action and the action builds momentum. The key is in the momentum built upon forward motion. Once you get moving, you will begin to feel a bit better, then it is more likely that you will keep moving, and if you keep moving, you will feel better and better, doing more and creating more forward momentum which will support you in climbing up, out of the deep, dark, pit that is depression. So yes, if you are even mildly depressed you should take a lesson from the Great White and Keep Moving!
Tap into the Power of Momentum. Keep Moving, keep, doing, make continuous progress toward a goal, any goal. Even if you are so depressed that your goal is to get out of bed and brush your teeth. Take small consistent steps forward. If you are feeling stuck, look around your life and do the smallest necessary thing first. Just get moving, then do not rest on your laurels, find the next thing and the next thing and the next thing, just keep moving. Consistent movement forward is an effective tool in battling depression, and a significant aspect of goal achievement. It will also improve your self-esteem as you accomplish one task after another; leading you to the achievement of one goal after another. You will feel better moment by moment day by day.
So, should you be a shark? Yes, Absolutely!