Many people feel sadness at some point in their lives. You may feel sad over losing your job, or a loved one passed away and this is perfectly normal reaction to bad news. But, if the sadness does not go away, then you might be suffering from depression. This article will give you some tips on depression, and how to combat it.
Never stop a medication on your own. Many people will start a new medication when they are feeling down then immediately stop taking it when they are feeling better. This is a terrible idea as it can actually cause you to feel even worse than you did initially. Always consult a doctor before stopping.
For those suffering from depression, try to practice relaxation techniques. If you use these techniques everyday, you may find your depression symptoms reduced and in general, you will feel more relaxed. You could practice yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation. Have a friend do these things with you.
Change the bad habits in your life that keep you depressed. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself as you try to identify what these habits are. Try using positive thinking, assertiveness skills, and problem solving skills to tackle these negative habits and thoughts. Try using humor to deal with life’s problems too, instead of letting the negativity drown you.
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.
Become more physically active. A healthy body is a necessity for a healthy mind. In addition to the obvious health benefits, exercising releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It is these chemicals that give rise to the term “runner’s high”. It is a natural high, one that is safe and even healthy to become addicted to!
Try to get some friends or a sibling to play video games, or even go out for non-alcoholic drinks. Sometimes that’s all you need to feel better.
When depression hits, take the time to count your blessings. No matter if you are sad, or possibly angry, be thankful for what you do have and what you have going for you. There are people in this world who would gladly exchange their place for yours and not take the gifts that you have been given for granted. With a gracious attitude and positive thoughts, depression cannot survive.
As stated at the beginning of this article, feeling sad over a loss is normal. If however, the sadness does not subside then you might be suffering from depression. Hopefully this article has helped you to identify depression and how to control it. If you feel like you are suffering from depression, never feel ashamed about asking for help.