How To Fight Depression And Sadness :
Manic Depression and anxiety are two of the most common things that every individual deals with at some stage of their lives. When you’re depressed you may feel helpless, irritated, and anxious all the time. If you’re dealing with major depression and anxiety then with proper therapy and medication you can do a lot of things to fight back.For example, TMS has been proven as a very effective treatment for MDD.
Depression makes you hopeless and fills your mind with negative thoughts eventually changing your way of thinking and dealing with critical situations. When you’re depressed, getting up from your bed, going out with friends or even working may sometimes seem impossible to you.
However, if you want to overcome depression the first thing you need to do is to start with small steps. It is often called the Catch-22 of depression recovery that “the things which help most are the things that are most difficult to do”. But you should keep this mind that nothing is impossible, you just have to try harder!
Even though most of the time taking the first step is always seems the hardest. But you can try small things, for example, go for a small walk or dance to your favorite song that lifts your energy and make you happy. You can take baby steps but once you’re on the right track, you will fight all the negative vibes eventually. With this being said, it’s still a wise choice to get professional help. Through diagnosis and consultation, you would be recommended to go through therapy, take medication, or maybe even advised to go inside residential inpatient treatment depression centers. Self-help and self-care can only do so much for you and seeking treatment with a professional would be the best way to address depression.
We have made a list for you to know what to do when you’re sad or depressed and how you can deal with it all by yourself!
1. Accept your flaws:
The majority of people who suffer from depression and anxiety are insecure about themselves. There I said it. I know it’s a harsh fact. Some people don’t like the way they look or the way they behave and hate themselves for so many things that are not even in their control. All this hate gradually piles up and affects their mental health.
The first thing for fighting with your depression is to start accepting your flaws and be loving towards yourself. Try to accept yourself for who you are. You don’t need to hate yourself for being yourself.
● Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle. -Christian D. Larson
2. Do things that will boost your mood:
To overcome depression, you have to do things that will energize you. You can treat yourself by watching your favorite movie or by going to amusement parks so you can have some fun. Call your friends and plan some activities even if you’re not feeling like it. This will do wonders in making you happy as your mind will be busy enough to gather any negative thoughts and you’ll get some fresh air too!
If you don’t want to call your friends or it is quite late at night even then there are many things which you can do like cooking food, painting, dancing, listening to songs, etc. Research shows that music helps in overcoming depression.
● “Smile, breath, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
3. Make a routine:
When you are depressed, it destroys your inner peace as well as your daily routine. Try to fix it. You don’t have to make a routine that will exhaust you at night rather than set some goals that you think you can achieve with a small dedication.
For example, you can pile your daily routine clothes instead of cleaning your whole wardrobe, you can cook your own breakfast and can order takeaway for dinner. Try to set goals that are attainable rather than making a long list of things that you can’t follow.
● The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”. -Confucius
4. Write down your feelings:
Dealing with depression or anxiety can make your emotions go haywire. Try to focus on what you’re feeling. If you wouldn’t know how you are feeling then how will you control your emotions? For this purpose, doctors often recommend you to write down your feelings. You can write a diary for instance and explain how your whole day went. Try to focus on all the good things that happened throughout the day. Keep your hope alive and all of this will eventually help you in lifting up your mood and keeping the negativity away.
● “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein
5. Reward yourself:
If you have done something today that was difficult for you to do, then applaud yourself. Treat yourself by taking a hot bath or by baking a cake. Celebrate it. Even if you did something very small like you went for a walk all by yourself. All this celebration may seem childish to you but it will give you a sense of confidence and will make you get back on track.
●“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. – St. Francis of Assisi
6. Challenge negative thoughts:
Do you feel like you’re powerless or weak? or that the bad things only happen to you? One thing that everyone should know is that depression creates a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself and your expectations for the future. When you find yourself in such situations, it is important to remember that all of these are just your depressed thoughts and not reality. If you’re having some negative thoughts, counter-attack them by thinking of some positive thoughts such as when you had traveled somewhere or when you landed your first job. Try to think of things that have made you happy once. We often don’t know how important part our memories play in overcoming our anxiety.
●It’s not the situation, but whether we react negatively or respond positive to the situation that is important. -Zig Ziglar
Don’t forget all these tips if you are in a similar situation or you can also help a friend by sharing these tips with them. As we all know, sharing is caring. Help yourself and your friends in overcoming depression!
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