Working Your Way Out of Depression
Having depression is like trying to pull an all-nighter. You can either choose to push through it until you see the light or you could give into the exhaustion and collapse into the darkness. When you’re struggling with depression, it’s easy to allow yourself to give up and to give your depression the ability to take over. However, it’s much more worth it to fight your depression and you’ll find out that a lot of the preventative measures that you’ll be advised to take are simple things that you can do from home. That being said, here are some ways to fight your depression on your own.
1. Set obtainable goals for yourself
Depression tends to keep most people in bed for days at a time. It can be easy to feel even more depressed and worthless when you deviate from your schedule and achieve less than normal. Instead of allowing your depression to worsen, set more realistic goals for yourself. If you shudder at the thought of working, make your goals for the day to shower and to get dressed. That will be enough. Setting realistic goals will allow you to build up your confidence and deter those feelings of worthlessness that comes along with not meeting your expectations.
2. Diet and exercise
What you eat and how much you exercise can have a tremendous effect on your mood. When it comes to dieting, think of the old adage, you are what you eat. If you put junk into your body, then you’re going to feel like junk. If you decide to put healthy foods into your body, then you are going to have a healthy mind. When it comes to exercise, try to fit in at least a 15-minute walk. Also, try to make the exercise happen outside in the sunlight. Exercise produces endorphins, which are desperately needed during a bout of depression.
3. Change your attitude
People experiencing depression think negatively. Bogging yourself down with thoughts about how you feel that you aren’t good enough or that no one loves you will only worsen your current mental state. Become aware of your thoughts. The next time that you begin to think negatively, stop yourself and replace that negative thought with a positive one and encourage yourself. Let yourself know that you are loved and that you deserve to feel better than the way that you are feeling right now. Awareness is key to changing the outcome of your depression.
4. Maintain your current relationships
Social interaction plays a big role in your depression. Depression causes people to isolate, which in turn makes you feel worse. Make an effort to reach out to those closest to you for help and support. Schedule a time with them when you will be able to get together and talk. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are surrounding yourself with people who love you and who will make you feel better.
5. Seek out your purpose and your passion
When I was depressed, I became lost. I felt lost and I didn’t know who I was. It soon became clear to me that in order to find discover my self-worth and self-confidence, I needed to find my passion and my purpose. Take the time to find out who you are and what you love. It doesn’t matter whether you want to help people or become a rock star. Whatever you feel calling out to you, pursue that passion. It’ll help you find the peace, confidence, and self-worth that you have been searching for.
Most importantly, make sure that you seek help from a mental health professional. Depression can’t always be fought alone and it shouldn’t. If you begin to feel suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255. Remember, you are worth it.