Depression can be debilitating and is very different from just feeling unhappy. Depression is a pervasive feeling.
Overcoming depression is not quick and easy.
Because depression sucks your energy, hope, and drive; making it difficult to do what you need to feel better.
However, it is not impossible either.
The key is to realize that you’re in control and start building from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.
Here are some ways to deal with depression
1. Occupy yourself with positive activities
According to psychology, activities help fights depression. And interestingly, exercise is one way to help yourself out.
Exercise increases the neuroplasticity of your brain and releases neurochemicals called endorphins, which help to elevate your mood.
Even by just getting out of the house for a walk, a game of catch with kids, or a trip to the gym, is a medically proven method of improving the way you feel.
2. Keep away from isolation
There is something common with depressed people. And it is the voice they hear in their head.
When depressed, you may hear thoughts telling you to be alone, to keep quiet and not to bother people with your problems.
Beware that these thoughts should be treated like parasites that try to keep your body from getting healthy. Do not listen to them.
When you feel bad, even if it’s embarrassing, confide in a friend. Talk about your problems or worries.
It will even surprise you to know that friends and family, especially those who care about you, will appreciate knowing what’s going on.
Also, the simple act of putting yourself in a social atmosphere can lift your spirits as well.
Try going to places where there are people who may have similar interests as you. Visit public spots like museums, parks, or mall, where you could enjoy being amongst people.
Do not allow yourself to indulge in the thought that you are different from or less than anyone else. Everyone struggles at times, and your depression does not define who you are or single you out from others.
3. Try to remember the good old days
Depression is one of the hardest emotional states to endure because the symptoms themselves can destroy your will and energy to engage in activities you once loved.
Giving in to this lethargic state can give your depression, even more, power, whereas staying active in your life, pursuing anything and everything you may find of interest will re-ignite your spark and keep you on your own side
Though easier said than done, the times you feel most like slumping on the couch are the moments you should force yourself to take a walk, cook a meal, or call a friend.
If you’ve ever been depressed before, do whatever it was that helped you feel better before.
Coping strategies that have worked for you in the past are a great place to start. Activities that help you calm down and that raise your spirits are important, even simple things like baking brownies, taking a bath, or listening to upbeat music.
Act against the critical inner voice that tells you nothing will help. Remember its only purpose is to keep you from feeling better.
4. See a funny show or movie
It may seem silly or all too simple, but anything that makes you laugh or smile can actually help convince your brain you are happy.
If you look at depression as your critical inner voice having tricked you into feeling bad, then you can have your own tricks ready to fight depression.
Play your favorite sitcom, watch a funny movie or read a comical writer.
This exercise should not be seen as a mere distraction but as an effective tool in reminding your brain that you can feel good again.