Are you finding dealing with depression an impossible task? If you continually feel sad, helpless, lose interest in day-to-day activities, feel guilty and have low self-esteem, it is time to take action. There are various options you can try taking to curb this problem; first and foremost is to understand the symptoms and patterns.
Depression not only drains your physical energy but also affects your mind, making you overly pessimistic and ultimately losing many things you cared about in life. Let us start with the common symptoms of this devastating condition:
- Losing interest in daily activities at home and workplace
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Loss in appetite or excessive eating patterns
- Negative view of life or reality
- Feeling of guilt and worthlessness
- Fighting with friends and families
- Fatigue and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sudden outburst of emotions
If you identify with more than five of the above symptoms, then do act now, before it is too late. If these symptoms have persisted for more than 2 or 3 months, then it is best to seek medical advice. Do not shut out the help of your family and friends. They can offer support in your time of need. Professional counseling is a great alternative. Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed discussing your problems; interacting more with others will help you tremendously in dealing with depression. Maintain a weekly record of your negative and positive changes in behavior every week; the negative changes can help you identify the causes of your depression, while the positive ones can motivate you to attain them more often.
Indulge yourself in activities that used to interest you, or that made you feel happy or satisfied. You can consider taking up some art classes or spending some quality time with children. Pamper yourself by shopping, getting into shape by hitting the gym, and planning a trip to nearby vacation spot. Dealing with depression would not seem such an insurmountable task when you are consistently engaged in activities. Other than seeking a counselor, it is essential that you take small but regular steps in making a better life for yourself.
If you are a smoker or drinker, try reducing your intake of alcohol or quit smoking. This not only reduces potential health risks but would strengthen your mental acuity. Self-control is a crucial factor when you are dealing with depression. Read inspirational books and try to implement the actions of inspirational people in your own life. Listening to soothing music helps in releasing your feelings of frustration or anger.
Dealing with depression not only calls for a change in lifestyle but also a change in your thinking patterns. Feel confident and take the necessary action to overcome depression. It will most definitely not be simple, but take heart in knowing that you are not alone in feeling this way, and that others have managed to successfully overcome it. Remember that your future is as yet unwritten.