Depression is a misunderstood condition. Depression isn’t just sadness. That is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Sadness is a normal emotion that comes and goes; whereas, depression is a constant feeling of hopelessness.
When it comes to depression, it can last for weeks, months, and sometimes years. Willpower alone won’t cure someone of depression.
That does not mean that there aren’t ways to beat depression. Even if you have severe depression that is persistent taking small steps towards recovery can help to relieve that constant feeling of sadness. If you focus, this tip will help you alleviate your depression and change your life. Just take it step by step.
Humans are creatures of habit. Habits can be both good and bad. If you change your bad habits into good ones, the change can help you become a happier person. Neuroscientists call this concept, “plasticity,” it is our abilities as humans to rewire our thought processes. The habits we grew up having are changeable.
It takes hard work though. You must face your fears and deal with the pain of the past. It takes energy and effort to change yourself, and it is not impossible to do it.
The thing about change is that it is slow. It occurs over months and years. The good thing about this is you can always look back and see how far you’ve come when it comes to changing a bad habit or negative thought process.
One way to generate progress towards changing your habits is to not focus on the day-to-day ups and downs of it. Instead, focus on the overall trend. The power of change is knowing that it is not a linear process. Some days will be better than others, but so long as you are making progress towards an overall goal, you are doing well.
The trick to defeating your depression using these this method is going to be not to let it overwhelm you. Take it easy. Pick one habit to work on and focus on mastering it before moving onto the next one. Depression is a beast. Naturally, your depression doesn’t want you to work hard; however, hard work is going to be the answer to feeling better.
Afterall, what do you have to lose, but just to try it?
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Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world.
Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness.
Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.