Are you trying to treat your depression for the first time? You probably don’t even know where to start. It’s no secret that seeking treatment for the first time can be very scary. Below are some tips that can help to make seeking a new depression treatment a tad bit easier.
Allow yourself to fail sometimes. One of the biggest things people with depression struggle with is perfectionism. You don’t have to do everything right all the time. Sometimes you’ll get things wrong, and that’s okay. Focus on what did go right instead of the things that went wrong, and move on.
Remember to keep a positive attitude. Studies show that people who are depressed often minimize their talents and accomplishments, instead focusing on the negative aspects of their life. Take a page out of the classic children’s novel Pollyanna” and make a game out of positivity. In the novel, Pollyanna forces herself to find something good about every situation, no matter how small it may seem.
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.
Eat a healthy diet. Many times someone who is depressed my try to cover those feelings with overeating, binge drinking, or even starving themselves. Suppressed feelings are one of the largest contributing factors in depression. When you find yourself reaching for the bag of cookies or bottle of wine, remind yourself that you are making the feelings worse. In addition to forcing you to deal with your feelings instead of covering them, maintaining healthy eating habits will improve your health as well as your mood.
Try to avoid “glass half empty” types of people. If you suffer from depression than it is likely that you already have a pessimistic outlook on life and by hanging out with other people like this, you will only feed into your own negative thoughts. Focus on finding people with high spirits.
Never apply the crazy label to yourself. First of all it is completely inaccurate but secondly it will only cause you to fall further and further into a state of despair. Avoid giving yourself any labels at all and try your best to just focus on being the best you possibly can.
As you have seen, treating depression is not as scary as it may appear at first. Just think of all of the benefits it can give you and how beginning treatment now can improve the quality of your life much sooner. Get some help from your doctor, and try applying these tips to help you conquer your depression.