When depression sets in, it can present in many different ways. We are all different, and when we start to feel down, this is generally expressed in different ways. For most people who are depressed, getting out, and doing anything becomes a challenge, most people will feel emotionally numb. While some people might not want to eat at all, others will over-indulge and eat far too much. Some individuals might not sleep at all, while others feel like they don’t want to get out bed.
The point is, depression is essentially a negative relationship with yourself, it is never productive, and once it’s set in, you need to try and take control to overcome the effects it is having on you and on your life.
In this post, we share a few tips that you can try out to help you overcome depression.
#1 Be Responsible for Your Feelings – Only You Can Change Your Life
Everyone has a story to tell. For some, they might have things in their past, which impact how they feel in the present; for others, there might be some kind of emotional turmoil in their lives right now. Avoidance, sympathy-seeking, and making excuses for feeling down is not productive, and usually, dwelling on these negative thoughts and feelings will only make things worse.
A change can only start with acceptance of the issues, whether they are in the present or the past. Prolonging the pain is good for nothing, and no one can benefit from this.
Face it, deal with it, and try to find a way to overcome it.
#2 Start to Exercise
We know all too well how crazy this might seem. The last thing you feel like doing when you’re down is going to the gym. However, physical activity is PROVEN to help you overcome depression. Whether you choose to go solo, or you enlist the help of others to get you out and get your body moving is up to you. Even just the simple act of going for a walk on a daily basis is good for both your body and your mind.
#3 Watch What You Eat
It goes without saying that eating well goes hand in hand with how you feel. However, with depression, all sense where food and drink are concerned often goes out the window. So, why is it so important to be mindful about what you consume when you’re feeling down?
Serotonin is a vital chemical that is often linked to depression. It can help to regulate a person’s behavior, mood, sleeping habits, memory, libido, and it also directly affects appetite and digestion. The vast majority of medication used to help treat depression will contain things that can change the serotonin levels in a person’s brain. Something that the vast majority of people don’t know is that the majority of serotonin is actually generated in our stomachs.
There is an old saying, ‘your food either fights disease or feeds it.’ By changing the things you put into your body, you can help yourself feel better, and give yourself more energy at the same time.
#4 Feed Your Brain Positivity
Whether you prefer to read books or listen to podcasts, you can make a real difference in how you feel by giving yourself inspiration and knowledge. If you are dealing with a specific kind of problem, and you need help to try to overcome that issue; there will be a book or a podcast on the topic somewhere online.
The vast majority of these resources are free or low-cost; especially when you compare that to the overall cost, that depression can cause you over the course of your lifetime.
#5 Confide in A Friend or A Complete Stranger!
The final tip in this post might seem obvious, and for some, it could be hardest of all. However, opening up and talking to a friend, family member, or even someone who doesn’t know at all, can really help.
There are so many benefits to simply getting things out in the open, and talking about your issues. For some, verbalizing the issues can very often be a gamechanger when it comes to facing your problems head-on. It can also give you the support you need to kickstart a new regime.
Depression can tend to be a very lonely condition, for many people who suffer in silence or feel too embarrassed to talk about their issues; using an online service where you can chat with someone about your issues is a great way to open-up without any fear of being judged, criticized or being made to feel trivialized.
Three of the best online communities for dealing with depression are listed below for your reference.
All of the tips we have mentioned for overcoming depression need to become part of your regular habits and routine. While we know that any kind of routine is tough to stick to when you’re feeling low; taking small steps and implementing one of these things at a time is a great way to start making positive changes that can positively affect your present mood and your future potential to overcome this condition.