Depression can hurt not only your mind but your body as well. It can be hard when you are under the cloud of depression. Yet, taking control of many of the aspects and causes of your depression is still very possible. The following tips will help get you back on your feet and on the road to recovery.
Stop rewarding bad behavior. Many times someone who is depressed will wallow in self-pity, allowing others to coddle them and take care of their responsibilities. Others abuse drugs, alcohol, sex, and food as a way to feel better temporarily. All of these behaviors do not help the depression in any way other than a temporary fix. Take away the rewards and the depressed person can focus on the root of the depression.
In your battle against depression, challenge your negative thoughts. One of the by-products of depression is putting a negative spin on how you see yourself, your future, and situations that you encounter. If you are like many people who suffer from depression, you are a perfectionist and hold yourself to standards that are impossibly high. Permit yourself to be less than perfect and quit beating yourself up if you don’t meet impossible standards you have set for yourself. Negative thoughts will cause depression to become an endless cycle.
If you are suffering from depression, one of the best thing you can do to improve the state of your mental health is to spend time with positive people. The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your thoughts and feelings. If you constantly spend time with negative people you will feel negative yourself. Thoughts and feelings are contagious so surround yourself with positive people.
Laughter really is the best medicine. Research shows that even a smile can raise serotonin levels, the same effect that many antidepressants give. Instead of wallowing in your sadness with depressing music and tear-jerking tragedies, break out the stand-up albums or put on a silly comedy. Even if you don’t feel like it when it starts, you will find yourself smiling and laughing despite yourself by the end!
If you feel like committing suicide or hurting someone else, it is important that you seek help immediately. These are signs that your depression has gotten out of control and you should get help before it is too late. Do not be scared to tell a professional if you are feeling this way.
Wear clothing that makes you feel happy. Your clothing should be a reflection of the mood you wish to be in, not the mood you are currently in. Wear something colorful and fun that will make you smile when you look at it. Pick out your favorite outfit, even if it is formal, and wear it around the house to try to boost your spirits.
As you have read above, there are many ways to take the hurt out of depression and get yourself in a better place both mentally and physically. Attentive application of these suggestions will help you to recover, and at the very least will lessen the impact that depression has on you.