Depression is a topic that most people shy away from considering the vulnerability and the risks involved. Some also see it as a “state of no return”. Very wrong. There are several causes of depression which amongst others includes unemployment, heartbreak, rejection, loss, insecurity, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems.
Agreeably, reaching to the hearts of depressed persons might be hard, but did you also know that one in every three people is depressed? Depression has a huge impact on people’s mental and emotional state. It influences the way we see things, the world, the people around us, and changes the brain chemistry.
Depression lowers your self-esteem and sense of relevance/importance, causes you to feel empty, anxious, lonely, helpless, lost, and worse, suicidal. Sadly, it also gravely alters your emotional well-being. You get irritated at the slightest discomfort, angry, sad, stressed, and out of place. We have listed a few tips that we hope would be of great help.
Set daily goals for yourself.
Taking up responsibilities and staying involved can help you maintain a lifestyle that can help counter depression. Have you ever heard of the saying “Busy hands, productive minds”? Planning and setting daily goals for yourself will always give you a reason to get out of bed every morning, something to look forward to. Task yourself by mapping out a to-do list; this prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and keeps your mind fixed on a form of productivity, which invariably prevents you from being bored or inactive as your hands and mind will be busy, leaving no room for distractions and foreign voices in your head.
So try something new that could at least keep you busy; ranging from doing chores, going for a walk, reading a book, visiting a friend, fixing menial problems around the house, or even taking up new hobbies.
Do something new, try something fun
Some people are just not cut out for routines, at least not emotionally depressed people. A round the clock routine could mess up your mood. So the first thing you should do is BREAK THE CYCLE, TRY SOMETHING NEW. Change your environment, make new friends, see new places, do things you’ve not done before, explore new ideas and territories; this would help you figure out if you are truly depressed or just BORED.
Don’t isolate yourself. Isolation is one of the greatest and most unhealthy enablers of depression. If you are struggling, you may not feel the urge to be around other people. It can be tempting to close yourself off and keep other individuals at a distance.
If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy; do something fun even when nothing seems fun anymore. And most importantly, stay away from things, places and people that fuel your depression. So whenever the thought of locking yourself up in your dark corner comes up, DON’T.
When you are feeling this way, this is the time where interacting with other people matters the most. The reality is that being around others can boost your mood and really bring some sunshine into your life.