Whether you’re young or old, and no matter your general disposition, depression can creep in and take hold of your life. Don’t allow this disorder to suck the joy out of your entire existence. If you have depression, use these tips to fight back and reclaim your once happy life.
If you are depressed, it would be best for you not to hang around other depressed people. As the old saying goes, misery loves company. The last thing you need is someone rationalizing and promoting your misery. If you hang out with other depressed people, you will be down in the dumps forever, barring any kind of recovery.
Have realistic expectations. Often depressed people fixate on some unrealistic goal that they believe will cure their depression. For some it is money, for others it may be longing for an idealistic Mr. or Miss. “Right” to spend the rest of their life with. While having a goal is good, keep it realistic. Instead of being unhappy with your current job and longing to win the lottery, take college courses or a vocational program to increase your income potential. If you are lonely, get out and get involved with activities you enjoy. Even if you don’t meet someone, you will have fun; and if you do meet someone, they are much more likely to have similar interests to you unlike a random stranger in a bar.
If you are struggling with depression try not to get yourself caught up in the destructive mindset that the world is out to get you. This will only make you despair more and can do nothing but make your depression even worse and deeper than it was in the first place.
Although clinical depression is a medically documented disease with roots in your brain’s bio-chemistry, you will still be able to trick it sometimes. This basically means that the power of positive thinking will be an incredibly effective trick, as long as you are able to cut the sad moments before they get too strong.
Even when taking your medication on schedule, keep up with your therapy too. Speak with a professional to help with your mental condition. Personal and social friends are never an adequate substitute for professional counseling, regardless of how well they mean to help you.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other drugs when depressed. Depression suffers all too often believe that drugs and alcohol will help them recover, but they will actually do much more harm. A lot of the time when you do drugs or drink it can make you dependent on them.
Do not deny your emotions. For depression caused by a traumatic event or loss, it is important to let yourself feel the pain and sadness. You should not dwell on it, however, it is important to not bottle it away. It will only surface later, and often in more harmful ways.
It’s hard to understand how you can once again find happiness if you’re suffering from depression. Its grip is all-encompassing and many people fail to see that light peering through the dark tunnel. Just use a few of these tips and you will start to see that light brighter and clearer with every step you take.