Depression is clinically described as feeling sad or despondent for an extended period of time with a loss of interest inpreviously enjoyed activities. It can lead to different emotional problems and decreases a person’s ability to function normally. It is often characterized by suicidal idealization, feelings of worthlessness, sleeping too little or too much, and difficulty concentrating. It is estimated that depression affects 1 in 15 adults and commonly presents itself in the late teens to early 20s. If you are dealing with depression, know that you can defeat depression with a little hard work.
Depression makes it difficult to do anything. People often describe feeling empty or incomplete. They have no sense of self and this is what makes depression so difficult to treat. There is no magic pill or one thing a person can do defeat depression. It takes effort to get better from depression. By nature depression doesn’t encourage a person to put effort into anything, let alone, getting better from depression. However, if you know this little fact, the maybe, just maybe, you can know that if you engage in opposite to emotion action and defeat depression, that you can start the healing process.
Here are 5 things you can do to defeat your depression
This might sound like a tall order, and that is because it is. Yet, exercise has been proven to be exceptionally effective in managing depression. In fact, some research shows that exercise is more effective in managing depression than medication is. This is because exercise not only releases endorphins and makes you feel good, it also helps you manage your weight, gives you energy and allows you to get better rest at night. All of these things are necessary to live a healthy and happy life as well as defeat depression. Also, as if that’s not enough, those who engage in exercise find that they can put his or her depression in remission and prevent it from returning. Why not try it? Afterall, exercise is proven to be even more effective than coffee! Can you believe that?
2) Keep A Joyful Journal
Recording things that give you joy or make you happy on a day to day basis can remind you what you have to live for. Doing this will help you handle suicidal idealizations. It is important to keep a joyful journal of gratitude, but to read it to! This way you never forget why life is worth living. Oftentimes, it’s all about the little things that make life better that make life worth living.
3) Laughter is Medicine
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it,” once said an intelligent man. That man was well known for comedy and bringing joy to people’s faces. He was the original. He was the great Charlie Chaplin. There are studies the show laughter can partially help heal a person from a host of disorders and illness. This includes depression. I might seem counter-intuitive to laugh when the world seems so heavy on your shoulders. However, if you remember that, that is your depression fighting against you, you use opposite to emotion action and force a laugh! It might seem silly (because it is) but soon you’ll be laughing at yourself for being so silly and at least in that moment you’ll feel just a little bit better in the present moment. Or just go see a comedy show! You deserve it.
4) “Me” Time!
Self-care is so important. Sometimes, it takes energy to be selfish and if you take the time for it, you will find that taking care of yourself enables you to be better in your life. Self-care helps you first so that you can effectively be a good partner to your significant other. It helps you first so that you can be a good parent to your kid. It helps you first so you can effectively be a good son or daughter to your parents. It helps you so you can effectively be a good friend. It helps you so you can make work, work for you. So, you get the picture. Find something you enjoy whether it’s a good book or movie night, or watching a comedy special, you can do something for you that will benefit you, defeat depression, and increase your happiness.
5) List Accomplishments
Alongside being selfish and taking care of yourself and your joyful journal, it is beneficial to list what you’ve accomplished in life. Sometimes, life gets people down. When life is hard, and you’re in despair, having a list of what you’ve accomplished handy to reflect back on can be empowering. It gives you a chance to review your strengths and persevere through hardships. It shows you what you’ve done before and gives you insight into what you can handle now. Be selfish and fabulous, you really do deserve credit for everything you’ve accomplished in life. Even if it was getting out of bed this morning! You are you.
So, the next time you are down & out and feeling like there is no future, start a joyful journal. When you feel so sad you want to cry go see a comedy show for some well deserved me time and laugh. List out all your accomplishments because you are important and get a little exercise, you’d be amazed at what that can do for you, but you have to stick with it and know despite your down feeling, you’ll get out, what you put into your mission for happiness and health. You will defeat depression.
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