Recovering from depression requires some action. But taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact its probably going to make you feel even more depressed just thinking about it. Dealing with Depression may be difficult but there’s a difference between difficult and impossible. Feeling helpless, useless and having little energy can signify a state of depression. Your thoughts may travel in circles, keeping you standing still rather than moving forward. Apathy and pessimism feel like a heavy weight that you are carrying. Sometimes life can feel just too much. You lose your appetite or eat all the time. You can’t sleep or you sleep all the time. If you find you simply cannot absorb or deal with stress, then your body has probably switched into a protective mode of depression. In a similar fashion, computers have a built-in mechanism that switches off when they are being overloaded. It’s a protective device. It’s important to recognise this and seek professional help for your depression.
SOME TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP DEPRESSION AT BAY.
1 – One Step at a Time Life can feel more than overwhelming when you are suffering with depression. It is therefore important to try and tackle only one thing at a time when coming to terms with your depression. It is important to remember that these feelings of hopelessness are transient. You need to do something that makes you feel you have been productive, even if it’s as simple as a one load of washing.
2 – Talk/Reach Out Often depression causes us to isolate ourselves. When we keep our thoughts tightly locked up they blossom into monstrous fantasies. Talking to a trusted friend or professional can alleviate your worries and problems. Simply expressing yourself can eliminate some of the fear that you may be experiencing.
3 – Do at least one thing you enjoy daily Make the effort to bring something that you enjoy into your life at least once a day. This can range from watching a funny movie to dancing to music in your living-room. This will give you more energy to attend to boring tasks that must get done. Be realistic about what you do. Don’t try to watch all the funny movies you’ve never seen in one afternoon as this will create more depression when you get to the jobs that need doing and don’t have enough time.
4 – Reality Test When your mood is low you may tend to jump to conclusions. If someone is late for an appointment, we might feel immediately rejected instead of taking into account that they may be stuck in traffic or have mixed the dates up in their diary. Ask yourself how this same situation would feel to you if you weren’t under a state of depression. How would other people see this and deal with this situation?
5 – Exercise Research has shown that physical exercise actually helps your mood in that it releases endorphins, your body’s natural uplifting chemicals. Find something you truly enjoy so that it doesn’t become a chore. For some this can be swimming, for others it could be salsa dancing. You might even meet new people who will become good friends.
6 – Take care of yourself While you can’t force yourself to have fun or experience pleasure, you can choose to do things that you used to enjoy. Pick up a former hobby or a sport you used to like. Express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing. Go out with friends. Take a day trip to a museum, the mountains, or the park.
7 – A good diet What you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel. Aim for a balanced diet of protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables.
8 – Know when to get professional help If you find your depression getting worse and worse, seek professional help.Needing additional help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Sometimes the negative thinking in depression can make you feel like you’re a lost cause, but depression can be treated and you can feel better!
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A final word on depression When the depression seems overwhelming you need to have faith in yourself and trust that all will work out well in the end. Easier said than done in most cases but there is always someone you can talk to.