If you are a person suffering from depression and looking for answers on how to deal with depression, I have a few suggestions for you. First of all, do not give up. There is a way out of this dark place and you can get back to the life you want to live if you know how to deal with depression and the symptoms that come with it.
The number one thing you need to do when you feel like you cannot cope with your mood is to just stop and breathe. I know it is easier said than done but try it. You will instantly feel better. You might even find that you feel better about yourself. Many people believe that if they just keep thinking happy thoughts that they will be happy, which they most likely won’t!
The first step in dealing with depression is to see your doctor and make an appointment for a self-diagnosis. If he prescribes medication for your symptoms, you can work with him to manage the side effects and your depression. Most self-help treatments are based on cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to alter the way you respond to stressful situations. These treatments should not be taken as a monotonous daily routine.
There are also a number of exercises that you can do to help you feel better. Ten minutes of brisk walking a day can do wonders. Practice relaxation techniques by sitting in a dark, quiet room and counting backwards while picturing yourself smiling. Another exercise that can be very effective is sitting comfortably in a chair and breathing deeply. While doing this you will begin to realize that the stress of your day is beginning to melt away.
One of the major depressive symptoms is sadness. Although we tend to think sadness is connected with feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, for people who experience serious depression, feeling sad is no longer a luxury but a regular occurrence that they can’t seem to get out of. You may find yourself feeling sad over things that you don’t want to do or think of, or you may feel sad because you have failed a major life event. If you find yourself experiencing feelings of sadness all the time, or if it is severe, talk to your doctor about depression. He will probably recommend that you change your lifestyle or take prescribed medication to help you feel better.
Dealing with depression requires more than just treating its symptoms. If you want to feel better and move forward with your life, you need to address the root causes of your depressive feelings. Your physical health can improve, if you eat healthy foods, get enough sleep and exercise regularly. Your mental health can be enhanced by seeing a doctor regularly, learning proper eating and sleeping routines, and taking prescribed medication. Depression doesn’t have to limit your creativity and your future.