Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. A lot of people even don’t admit that they have problem, they are living a miserable life punishing themselves for every little thing that goes wrong in the environment. Feeling better takes time and motivation, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day. Recovery is really difficult, it requires action, but taking action in that situation is very hard. In fact just thinking about the things you should do to feel better can be exhausting.
We have a lot of causes and risk factor for depression. Some of them are: loneliness, lack of social support, family history of depression, childhood trauma or abuse, relationship problems, stressful life, financial strain, alcohol or drug abuse, health problem and others. Some episodes of depression are situation-induced. For example, the death of a loved one, the loss of one’s job, or the disappointment of failed efforts to get into graduate school can all initiate an episode of depression. When someone can discern the source of depression, the outlook is more favorable. Specific measures can be incorporated to deal with the pain. However, when no source is clear, the depression may worsen due to lack of treatment. In addition to situational factors, there are other stressors that prompt depression. Chemical imbalances, personality factors, drug and alcohol use, physical illness, and inadequate dietary practices can influence the onset of depression. Given that so many influences can impact one’s mental health, it is important to monitor one’s lifestyle and health practices.
But to start dealing with depression we must know its symptoms and firstly start dealing with them. Not everybody who has depression will have the same symptoms. Most people with depression will have at least five or six of the symptoms listed below.
Here are the most usual symptoms: Prolonged sadness Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, pessimism, indifference, loss of energy, unexplained aches and pains, recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
The most important thing that we can do is to start exercising to work off tension, meditating to clear the mental impurities of the day, changing the routine aspects of your life, developing a support system, and finding a healthy way to release pent up emotions. Try speaking with a friend, partner, parent or psychiatrist and find a way to accept and solve your problem and change the view of your daily life. Lifestyle changes are not always easy to make, but they can have a big impact on depression.
Lifestyle changes that can be very effective include:
- Getting regular exercise and sleep
- Eating healthfully
- Dealing with stress
- Practicing relaxation
- Cultivating supportive relationships
- Fill your life with positive thoughts
As we said before, overcoming depression is slow process, but it is far from impossible and accepting is the first step that needs to be made.