Blue Tasks Resources

What are "Blue Tasks?"

At the end of each chapter of my book, Overcoming the Blues, I include “blue tasks” as an ongoing part of your journey towards healing from depression. It is my hope that you will complete a task before moving on to the next chapter. If you’re only able to do one, that is perfectly okay. Complete more tasks as you feel you are able. After you finish reading the book, the blue tasks will remain integral to your recovery process. Return to the blue tasks on a regular basis and continue to work on them consistently. The blue tasks should not be considered works of completion, but rather works in progress.

Blue Task #1 – The Song

Blue Task #6 – There’s Much More to You than Depression

Blue Task #7 – The Many Shades of Blue

Blue Task #11 – The Thought-Stopping Exercise

Blue Tasks - Comment Thread

Share your encouraging thoughts, ideas, and experiences as you have worked through the “Blue Tasks” in Overcoming the Blues. Feel free to respond to fellow users who are also working through the “Blue Tasks” in an encouraging way.


  1. Lois

    Your book is a gift straight from heaven to me—and I’m only on page 6! Your gentle acceptance and understanding helped chase away my shame and confusion. Thank you for listening to God’s call to write this extremely helpful book. God bless you.

  2. Lois

    I found an encouraging song: Let Go, by Mark Hammitt. I’ve struggled with shame over not being able to “do it all.” But we can let go of that crushing burden to get everything right. God will do what we cannot.

  3. Zulma

    Known by Tauren Wells has helped me deal with my imperfections. My favorite line is “it’s not one or the other, it’s hard truth and ridiculous grace to be known and loved by you”. It’s encouraging to know that God really knows me and still He loves me even though I am broken and not perfect.

  4. Joseph Pauley

    Wow! “Here Comes the Sun” is one of those songs that I look forward to playing every spring. Winter is toughest for me, as it relates to my depression. Another one is “Good Good Father.” It was so good to meet you and hear you preach.

  5. Katie Butler

    Ryan, listen to “almost home” by Mercy Me”. It helps me so much. Love you and Missy. So good to see and hear you today

  6. Cory

    Fear by Blue October is a simple but powerful song that captures many of my feelings and reminds me of my strength. To keep in the blue theme, Mr. Blue Sky is less lyrically connected, but just hard to feel anything but joy during its playing.

  7. Christine

    Sometimes I listened to a song call Never Once by Matt Redman or You say by Lauren Daigle. Sometimes I need to be reminded that I am not all the negative voices in my mind and that I am not along. There are some many good songs it was difficult to pick one or two.


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