Depression has been a serious health concern that is taken lightly or ignored most often. Most of us go through this phase or witness others, and I feel there is nothing shameful about it as, it’s just another passing period in life. But, it can be proved jeopardous if proper care and attention is not provided.
Seven ways to battle depression:
1.Do not suppress your emotions:
Never try to hide your feelings away from others , atleast to your close ones. You do not have to keep smiling, be positive or stay happy all the time. It is perfectly fine to flush out the emotions from your body and feel sad, annoyed, frustrated, scared or angry as it only makes you a complete human.
2. Find a partner to share your emotions:
Open up about how you feel, why do you feel , to someone you can trust. It could be your family, friend, acquaintance or sometimes even a stranger. Never try to bury them inside you. Sharing your problems to others will help you in easing the pain that you are going through, and, you never know, they might be able to come up with solutions, or the least make you feel better.
3.Unleash yourself from the four walls:
When depression hits you, your brain stops working. You tend to isolate yourself from others, avoid crowds and stay indoors. Eschew them. Catch a friend for a coffee, go for a walk, breathe some fresh air. Staying indoors can just shut your mind and make you feel more despair.
We have all heard about music therapy. It has been scientifically proven that music has the power to cure diseases and, depression is just one of them. Listen to your favorite songs as it can help you soothe your mood and emotions. It is also acknowledged for declining stress levels.
5.Hold on to people/places that make you feel happy:
Remove the unwanted filth from your lives. Get rid of people /place /things or even memories that bring a negative vigor into your lives. Your surroundings play a vital role in influencing your happiness. Connect with people who make you feel good, happy and positive all time.
6.Discover your new-self(shift focus):
Go through a ‘changeover’. Experiment things that you haven’t endeavored before. For example, join a professional course, music/dance/yoga/fitness classes, an adventurous trip or anything that makes you feel good. Learning is the best way to deal with your current crisis. It gives you confidence and helps in identifying your likely potential thereby shifting your focus. Invest your emotions constructively.
7.Abide by the motto: “Whatever happens, happens for the best.”
You can’t undo the past, but you certainly have the power to control your present and mold the future. Certain things may not have worked in your favor and there is definitely a reason behind it. The more bitter your failures taste the sweeter your end results turn out to be. Move on.
PS: If you come across anyone who is battling depression please do not ignore them. Reach out for them and extend your help, and in certain cases advise counseling if necessary.
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