Millions and millions of Americans suffer from depression every year. Depression literally sucks the life out of people, leaving them feeling worthless, and like they have no reason to be on Earth. Even though it is difficult to battle depression, it most definitely possible, and millions of Americans overcome it every year. Dealing with depression is often a battle that cannot be done on your own; it generally requires some sort of counseling, and more difficult cases, antidepressants. Nonetheless, there are a number of things one can do to make dealing with depression a lot less burdensome.
How to Deal With Depression
Making some simple changes in your lifestyle can make dealing with depression a whole lot easier. Some of these changes should include:
- Not isolating yourself from others
- Fighting those gloomy thoughts in your mind
- Keeping a healthy diet
- Resting and relaxing regularly (stress make depression more severe)
- Working out and exercising regularly
Recovering from depression takes time, and it’s best to start slow, and build your way up. Recovering from depression is not going to happen overnight, but will take some time. A number of little steps like this may be disappointing at first, but all these little steps will add up and make the recovery process a lot smoother.
Battle adverse thoughts
Those who are depressed often find themselves turning everything, even something that could be positive, into something adverse and negative. It is extremely important to avoid thinking negatively. Instead, try to turn things into a positive, even if they may be negative in some way or another. Now, the whole point here is not to be in some sort of denial, but literally switch those bad thoughts, with positive ones. So how can you do that? Consider the following:
- Would you say it to a friend? Take your thought, and determine whether or not it is something you would say to a friend, or a coworker, or anyone for that matter. Would you?
- Surround yourself with supportive individuals. Even if they don’t know about your depression, surround yourself with types of people who you know would be there for you, even if they knew you were suffering from depression. Dealing with depression is not easy, and having a friend or two that you know would be there for you, is reassuring.
- No one is perfect.It’s been stressed since the beginning of time, and yet, so many people strive for perfection. Everyone has their flaws, and these flaws are what make life beautiful. Could you imagine a World full of perfect people? I sure can’t.
Focus on your health
- Don’t hibernate. It’s essential to get exposure to the sun regularly. Keeping yourself in the dark can lead to more severe depression. You don’t need to lay in the sun for hours; just get out for a little bit everyday.
- Figure out what relaxes you. Life is tough, and stress can build up easily, making depression worse. Don’t allow the stress to get to you. Choose and activity that relaxes you. Could be as simple as sittingand watching the sunset; could be laying down and looking at the stars. Take some time out of your day, everyday, to take part in an activity that relaxes you.
- Sleep adequately. Change in sleeping patterns is often associated with depression. You may find yourself sleeping too little, or too much. It’s important to be somewhere in the middle. Generally, 7-9 hours of sleep is perfect.
- Do something fun. Before you suffered from depression, you likely had a hobby you took part in regularly. Something that you really found fun and exciting. Pick up where you left off, and continue with that hobby. It can really help lift your spirits.
Keep a healthy diet
Keeping a healthy diet is essential for everyone, but those dealing with depression need to pay particular attention to keeping a healthy diet.
4-5 meals a day. It can be easy to get busy and sidetracked, and miss meals. You don’t need to have 4-5 huge meals; they can even be small snacks. But don’t leave your stomach empty. This can worsen some of the symptoms of depression. If you work a lot, carry some snacks in a backpack.
No “junk” food. Any foods that are high in sugar content, will give you a short upward spike, and then a huge decline in energy, and ultimately your mood. Dealing with depression means first having your emotions under control; sugar can actually cause your emotions to fluctuate and spiral out of control.
Staying healthy by exercising
Those dealing with depression often find themselves just wanting to stay at home, and do nothing. You want to do the exact opposite. Exercising is one of the best ways to fight depression, and some researchers even claim it works just as good as taking medicine. It is understandable that people live busy lives, and that is completely fine; even 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day is sufficient. It doesn’t need to be hardcore exercise; a simple walk in the park is fine. If you find it difficult exercising alone, find a partner. Or call one of your close friends while your exercising!
Trouble Coping with Depression?
In some cases, no matter how determined one is in dealing with depression, it is a task that is impossible. In these cases, the only option is seeking additional professional help, and there is absolutely no shame in that. Depression is extremely common, and something you should know be afraid of talking about with a local health professional. Simply look at it as a small road block in your life, one that can be overcome if you take a stand and seek help. Many who have been suffering from depression year after year are suffering because they have not seeked professional help yet, and they have no taken steps to improve their lifestyle.