Coping With Depression: Tips and Advice

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

What Depression Does

Depression is an extremely common condition in the world today. Anyone can suffer from it and a lot of people let depression run their life. You no longer feel the need to do the things you love, whether it’s painting, hanging out with friends, your favorite sport, or playing music, depression can take these things away from you if you let it. Depression can be difficult for many people to get over, but if you try to do daily activities and social interactions with other people, then you can decrease the amount of depression in a huge way.

When you start slipping into depression, usually you simply don’t feel like doing anything. In some cases, you may start to eat more, as a result you’ll gain more weight, or you may eat less. Also, you may lose a lot of sleep, because you’ll keep letting the thoughts some back to you, making you stressed out and feeling alone. Sometimes you may even sleep too much, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it still keeps you away from moving on with your life.

Go Small and Work Your Way Up

When you find yourself in these types of situations the best thing to do is to just start small. Go take a walk, call up a friend and go hangout, or listen to your favorite song. Doing these things will help impact your depression in a big way, which is better than letting it consume you and leave you empty inside. Don’t start jumping off mountains or doing daredevil stunts to increase your adrenaline. While that may keep your mind off of things, it’s better to stick with smaller things rather than go all out.

Getting in clubs or social groups that interests you or start meeting new people is a great way to deal with the depressing thoughts that plague your mind. Maybe even going to a local concert or play can help keep your mind clear of disturbing thoughts. Out of all of these, the best way to deal with your feelings is to simply talk about it with another person. It gives you a sense of relief as you tell a friend or loved one about these problems you’re facing, and they can also help you get through them if you allow them.

Exercise Tips

Another excellent method to use is exercise. Like I said before, taking a walk or running is a good way to reduce stress, even better than taking an anti-depressant pill. You don’t even have to go out and run if you don’t feel like it, just do a lot more walking and moving around that you wouldn’t normally do. For example, instead of taking an elevator to a new floor, take the stairs. Or maybe go to the mall and walk through it several times. Maybe even park farther away from the entrance so you can walk farther. Doing these things can help reduce the tension and keep your thoughts free of other things, and all you have to do is move around more.

Common Easy Tasks

If you don’t feel like doing the exercise routine, then there are other common, simpler tasks. For instance, you can write about your daily life in a journal. Maybe even rent a funny movie and laugh more. Take a long, hot bath to relax your muscles and keep your mind at ease. And after that, snuggle up in the covers with a good book or your favorite T.V. show. These types of activities are stress free, and can keep your brain occupied on other things instead of uneasy thoughts.

Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Thoughts

When depression keeps coming back to you, try to cope with it with positive, reassuring thoughts. Think of ways that will trigger your mind to see the better side of your problems. Doing so will increase your thinking power, and may help you solve your daily problems in a positive way, instead of stressing over them and getting nowhere; it never hurts to try.

While some situations may be harder to think positively about, it’s all about willpower and the motivation of the mind to get through the problem. Don’t let the situation control you as a person. Just think of ways to deal with it, and maybe you will see clearly on how to get through it, especially in a bigger way than when you were negative about it.

Don’t Give Up

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you in the long run. If none of these seem to be of any help, don’t give up. Seek professional help, or join a group of other people facing depression and work it out that way. Depression should not be a part of anyone’s life, and while we can’t completely get over it, we can at least manage and control it.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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