There are plenty of news articles out there talking about the doom and gloom of depression. They outline its hardships and go into detail about how many people suffer with the condition. Unfortunately, very few talk about the ways to beat depression but that changes today. There are things you can do right now that can help boost you out of depression. By making some simple changes and taking small steps even the most depressed people can start their path to recovery.
The first step is to set some easy goals. If you find it hard to get out of bed, just set a goal to take a shower. If you are struggling with work pick one task to focus on. This will build a sense of accomplishment. While achieving these goals may not set the world alight it will help you feel better.
One of the goals you set should be to see your GP or a qualified counsellor. Talking to anyone about your depression can feel great. By sharing the burden you lighten your load. More importantly though, talking to someone with medical training will get you started on the right path to help. There are medications, therapies and all sorts of resources out there that medical professionals can recommend but you have to speak to them to find out.
Once you have spoken to someone, try going online and taking advantage of some great internet support networks. This very site (let the sun shine in!) has a lovely forum. These resources offer anonymous help, forums and advice that can get you started and allow you to get your life back.
The last two steps are all about getting a support network set up. This is a group of people you can turn to with problems, question or just to talk. Your support network can also include friends and family. Think of your support network as your biggest fans cheering you on. They all want you to succeed and they are willing to go to great lengths to help you.
Many people in depression think they do not have a support network because they have isolated themselves but nothing could be further from the truth. There are always people willing to help, it is just a matter of asking for the support you need.
Once you have the right people around you for support, you can add some more small goals. A good place to start would be trying to exercise and eat right. Exercise releases natural endorphins and other chemicals that are the human body’s version of anti-depression medications. Exercise, if done outside also exposes you to natural light which can fight feelings of tiredness and has been shown in some studies to improve mood. Along with exercise, eating right can help as well. A healthy diet can further improve mood and simply makes you feel good.
Along with exercise and healthy meals, look into some further therapies or treatments. A good place to start is mindfulness. This is the practice of paying more attention to the present moment. Being mindful is all about living in the now and being aware of your thoughts and feelings. There are some great books and other mindfulness resources available for those who are interested. Another possibility is cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT. This type of therapy looks at emotions and behaviours that cause problems and helps people find better ways of dealing with their issues. There are a number of other treatments and medications that medical professionals can use to further help someone dealing with depression.
The final step is to keep up the good work and take advice. This means exercising and eating right regularly, continuing to set small goals and achieving them and making regular visits to your doctor or counsellor and doing as they tell you. This puts you in the best position to recover from depression and it will start to lessen your emotional burden immediately.