Depression is not just a phase; it is an illness that affects a large number of people today. It is indeed a matter of concern and one must take notice of signs early on. Also, the most important aspect is to eradicate the stigma that surrounds this illness and urge people to take proper treatment.
Here are six ways to deal with depression.
Go out. Feel the sun!
Did you know that sun shine triggers the release of serotonin and endorphins that lead to a joyful mood? It not only keeps your bones healthy by producing vitamin D but also absorbs calcium too. It improves your mental and physical health. Sometimes, you just need to step outside, breathe and remember you can get through anything. Inhale confidence and exhale doubt. Go for a walk during your lunch break. Go for a run by yourself or set out on a hike with your friends. Take up a sport. Steer clear of spending too much time alone. Boredom is depression’s playground.
We have always been taught that expressing any sense of vulnerability is a sign of weakness. But in fact, expressing vulnerability is a sign of strength. Do not think that if you are unhappy with your life, it is somehow your fault. It is absolutely not! There is not a single person who wakes up every day feeling like a bundle of sunshine. Give yourself the freedom to feel whatever it is you are feeling, even if you are sad. In all honesty, it is difficult to open yourself up and talk about your feelings. People are incredibly judgmental. If you want to improve your mental health, then you should take fifteen minutes out of your day to write it down. Write in any format, whether it’s a stream of consciousness or a few words. Write in moments of sadness, anxiousness, and happiness. Write down five things you love about yourself, five things you want to improve on, and what you are going to do to create change in your life.
Remember that you aren’t alone.
There is nobody in this world who has got it all, who has got his life completely sorted. Not even movie actors and millionaires. We all have insecurities and problems. Remember you are never alone. More than half of your problems are made up scenarios you created for no logical reason. Learn to control your thoughts and do not allow them to control you. Life is tough. Self-doubt will eat away at your soul. If you can’t learn to enjoy life when you have problems, then you never will. Because I promise you, you will always have at least one problem in your life. Never doubt who you are as a person. You are gifted of more than you could have ever imagined. Remember you weren’t given anything in this life that you can’t handle. Force yourself to spend time with positive friends and family members. Create a support system. Be open, honest, and let your loved ones know if you are struggling.
Be kinder to yourself.
You never truly realize how negatively you speak to yourself. We all have our moments where we do not feel like our most attractive self. It’s called being a human being. There is a difference in saying “I’m an idiot” as opposed to saying, “I’m being an idiot right now.” Speak to yourself in a kinder manner. When you look in the mirror, you should tell yourself, “Damn, I look good today and there’s no one in the world like me, so I must be something special.” When you wake up, remember start every day with a smile. If you have to fake it, then that’s okay too. Regardless, you will always feel a little better about yourself when you do. If you need inspiration for a smile, then think of someone or something that makes you happy.
Treat yourself and live life to the fullest.
None of us are getting out of this life alive, so learn to love your life because you only get one. Make yourself a priority every now and then. Reward yourself! Eat that cake because you deserve it. Take a walk on the wild side. Jump into the ocean. Be fun. Be silly. Be different. Do what makes your cheer up. Have a passion in life, do what sets your heart on fire. And remember to avoid people who lower your self-esteem and make you feel bad about yourself. Cut off ties with any kind of toxic people sans any guilt.
Treat your body with love.
When you exercise your body releases endorphins that trigger that feeling of positivity in your body. Exercising is a form of therapy. It’s the celebration of your body. Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like weight training, swimming, or Zumba these help with depression. Eat like you love yourself and your body. Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of you. Honestly, most people don’t notice the little things you dislike about yourself. There will never be a time in your life where you 100% love everything about your body, so learn to love it now. A negative mind will ruin your focus. Remember progress is still progress no matter how small. Create small goals for yourself first.