Depression can hurt not only your mind but your body as well. It can be hard when you are under the cloud of depression. Yet, taking control of many of the aspects and causes of your depression is still very possible. The following tips will help get you back on your feet and on the road to recovery.
Don’t get into a depressive loop. Dwelling on your negative feelings can also make matters much worse. Think positively, and find friends who can help you forget about your problems.
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.
Writing in your journal every day can be a very good way to begin getting a handle on your depression. Write out your thoughts at the beginning and end of each day. When you do this, you are enlisting the help of your subconscious mind to sort out your worries and problems while you sleep.
Examine your life. If you are unhappy because you feel like you are being walked on, focus on becoming more assertive. If you find yourself assuming people are thinking badly of you, remind yourself that you are not a mind-reader and that you have no basis for that belief. Keep it light and humorous, as you cannot battle negative thoughts with more negativity.
Although it is obvious that depression typically leads to dark thoughts, you should do everything in your power to avoid letting yourself enter into these cycles. Once you start fantasizing about your own death or suicide it can be quite difficult to break out of the feedback loop that makes you more and more depressed.
Eat food that will make you feel positive about yourself. Eating lifeless and fatty fast food will make you not only look bad, but feel bad too. Do not think that the food that you eat has nothing to do with the way you feel and why you are depressed. Even if you crave the sugar or fat, these kinds of foods only lead to making you feel worse.
Avoid going out to social places alone if your depression is related to social things. This will only reinforce in your mind that you are alone or lonely, things that may not even be true. When you do go out make sure it is with a friend or two and keep the evening light.
Help others. People who suffer from depression are often focused on themselves and the pain they are experiencing, but putting those feelings aside to help people does a lot of good. Helping others helps them and it helps you at the same time. Their joy and appreciation will make you feel a little sunnier.
As you have read above, there are many ways to take the hurt out of depression and get yourself in a better place both mentally and physically. Attentive application of these suggestions will help you to recover, and at the very least will lessen the impact that depression has on you.