Treating depression may appear very complicated and involved, but it can be a very renewing life experience. If you don’t know what to do, you need to seek help so that you do not make it worse than it already is. Don’t worry, the tips listed below can help you.
Don’t just accept depressive thinking. When you think about yourself, consider whether you are being more harsh with yourself than you would be with others. If you tell yourself you wouldn’t, you may be too hard on yourself. Try to reframe these types of thoughts in a more realistic and constructive manner by making statements that provide suggestions on how to fix the problem.
One great tip when battleling depression is to force yourself to smile. This may be hard especially because you are depressed but if you can do it you will not regret it. Scientists have shown that smiling releases endorphins and as such helps bring your mood to an elevated and happy state.
Never downplay the impacts that exercise, diet and sleep have on your mental health. If you’re getting depressed, try fixing it quickly with a brisk walk, swim, run, or bike ride. Over a period of time, the right exercise, eight hours of sleep and a diet without processed foods could help you more than you think.
If you have medical depression you should anticipate that many people won’t be able to understand it. Most people think that depression is just like being really sad but true sufferers know that this is not the truth. If people say things like “just chin up” to you, try to realize that they mean the best and just ignore it.
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.
Just as you shouldn’t be afraid to tell someone that you are suffering from clinical depression you also shouldn’t feel obligated to tell everyone. If you are in a professional environment or any situation where you feel that others may not understand the severity of your situation, feel free to keep quiet.
So as you can see treating depression is not quite as bad as it appears. It is very involved in terms of research and asking questions, but it is worth it in the end to live healthier and happier. With the above tips in mind, you should be able to get the treatment you need for your depression.