You can win the battle of depression — here is a practical advice

Depression and anxiety has become modern day evils.

Recently I came across this news of a 24 year student who commited suicide on live FB video, I felt disheartened and decided to write something about it. In this post I am not going to dig deep into psychological facts of depression or any spiritual gyan to deal with it, I know nothing really works, the worst thing about depression is that you start believing that nothing will ever again give you pleasure, not grass or cold water or an apple lovingly sliced into perfect wedges. It tells you it’s not worth getting out of bed.

Here are few actionable and practical advise which you can start doing right away.


Go for a Run

Running is not a cure but still a good treatment to depression, when you run, your brain generates the endorphins (act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain and makes you feel happy), all the toxin, anxiety, depression make a way out of your body in the form of sweat.

Listen to music and go for a long walk

People with depression often complain about feeling tired on a regular basis. They also tend to have sleep disorder. I’ll suggest you to take a hot shower, get dressed well, find an uncrowded road, put on your headphones, play soft music and start walking.

Travel

Backpack, Go on an unplanned solo trip to a new place, travelling will not only distract you from depression but also help you focus on better perspective of life. When you visit new place and meet new people, you develop a better perspective towards life, a wider perspective where you realize your depression is too small to worry about.

“Travel brings power and love back into your life”
-Rumi
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Cook

Because no one gets you like food does

When you cook, your brain keeps itself busy, you shift your concentration towards a constructive process. The reward of cooking is refreshing itself, the joyous feeling of making something really delicious after hours of hard-work and creativity is amazing and effective stress buster.

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Get organized

Your mind stays at peace when you keep your things sorted, you spend less time finding important things. Only keep on your desk what you need for that day. Then section off your desk and work-space so that everything has a specific space.

Make something

When your creative mind works your destructive mind takes a step back and you find yourself busy in something productive.Think of the supplies you use to create your artwork. Put them on a table and look at them. They are your friends, not a sign that you can’t create anymore.

  • Don’t think of how it used to be. Think of what you can do now, and create something that comes from this moment.
  • Create something that shows what it’s like to be depressed, a snapshot of where you are now. If you cry on the art, that’s just a part of where you are now.
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The feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of getting things done will give more joy than anything else and there will be no room for negative thoughts.

There is no such thing as a little victory

Talk to an old friend

Don’t walk alone, talk to your loved one.

Your old friends, they never judge you , they appreciate for the the person you are, they back you in your good and bad times, sharing your anxiety with them is going to help you only. No one judges you more than the way you judge yourself.

Help someone

Help someone selflessly, when you decide to help someone you find a motivation to get out of your bed and you start working on something.

“We rise by lifting others.” 
-Robert Ingersoll

You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, lost in competition, have your heart shattered, got fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.”
-Danielle LaPorte

PS: If you think that you’re clinically depressed, it won’t hurt you to get some exercise and follow above things, but please, do not self-diagnose your condition! Seek assistance. Take your medication, you’ll be fine.