Some ways to take care of yourself when you have depression

“To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone. “ –  Albert Einstein

Feeling truly good about yourself is a good way to fill your mind with confidence and feel energized naturally. Bringing pleasure, it keeps you engaged in what you do. Feeling better, on the one hand, will make you love yourself, on the other hand, it will aid you greatly to lead out of the dark side of life saving you from getting the blues from time to time, while providing a long-lasting self-esteem. Thus, there is a significant link between how you feel and your sense of well-being.

This is true with every individual that he or she wants to be self-sufficient in every aspect of life, and so everyone wants to be happy always, but things don’t happen the way they are hoped to. Life does not always feel the same, it’s filled with happiness, sadness, tears, smiles, laughter including other emotions. You don’t have forever to be the same person you are. Hence, finding a happy balance in your daily life is a great way to live a satisfying life and overcome negative mind-set including depression. Here are a few ways to combat depression.

Depression is a state of unhappiness and hopelessness. It’s a common mental disorder showing symptoms such as persistent feeling of hopelessness, dejection, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep and sometimes suicidal tendencies. It’s a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.

Being depressed makes a person feel helpless, so, it is far better to feel better. And making yourself feel better or putting you in a better mood takes time. One cannot get there unless there are some positive changes made in life. So, for people struggling with depression, it is important to make some life style changes.

The beneficial effects of exercise and physical activity are indisputable. Regular and recommended exercise methods can be an effective way to treat depression serving as a distraction from stressors. As regards diet, there is no magic diet that you need to eat in order to beat your depression, but yes, eating healthy food would of course be a good cause to alleviate your depressed mood.

Getting enough sleep is a vital part of our life to keep us healthy both physically and mentally. If you want to be at your best or improve your well-being, you need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. It is much better to aim for 8 hours of sleep. It must be noted that too little sleep can make depression, while the right amount of sleep helps you overcome depression. This way will help you relax and energize you.

One of the most important things to do to beat depression is to combat negative thinking. It should be noted that a negative frame of mind does not allow one to come out of depressed state of mind. Negative thinking will not only drain the energy out of a person, but it will greatly contribute to depression leading him or her to de-motivation. One of the effective ways is to jot the instances of negative thinking, so that you can bring changes in your life accordingly to cope with depression.

Almost everyone has the blues at one time or another in life. There is no escape from depression. The need is to learn how to overcome depression. Everyone has sad feelings sometimes, but this feeling does not last long.True, there is no predictable schedule for grief, but there may be healthy ways to cope with loss. When you are depressed, you should not feel that your life is not worth living or thinking about hurting yourself or attempting or committing suicide. Neither should you think that it’s the end of life. According to experts, it is quite natural to feel sad, scared or even to be anxious about death. But it does not at all mean to see everything at its worst or having scary thoughts about ending your life. Since one of the features of depression is pessimistic thinking, changing your thinking will be of great benefit. Whenever you are feeling down, depressed or desperate, start challenging your negative ways of thinking. As your thoughts begin to change, you will begin to feel better. This way, you will have succeeded in getting out of depression.

The things that you like to do and enjoy doing have a great impact on your happiness or personal fulfillment. If you feel depressed, doing something new or things that you take pleasure in is a good way to brighten your days. Besides getting simple pleasures that life has to offer including general feeling of happiness and well-being can create a calming energy and lift your mood that in turn helps you to naturally fight depression. Learn to take time to sit down and enjoy each and every moment of life. You need to remember that life only comes once, you should enjoy it to the extent at which you are satisfied with. As it goes in this saying, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast-you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” -Eddie Cantor

It must be noted that depression is a normal part of life and affects about one in 10 of us at some point of time in life. However, there are different types of depression and each type of depression has different treatment approach. If you are depressed much of the day, you don’t feel hopeful or happy all the time or face chronic unhappiness; if the depressed state persists and deepens and you don’t find any obvious reason, it is advisable to consult with your doctor to make an accurate depression diagnosis and find remedies accordingly. There are lots of effective treatments and health professionals who can help people with depression.

Finally, I would like to mention that it’s good time to turn to the one who is the very source of healing and who does control everything, God Almighty, to find healing and peacefulness in your life. “Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.”

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Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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