Coping with depression
Life is about ups and downs. There are those days so good that you simply can’t believe your luck, and then there are some days where everything seems to go south a lot. Then are stretches of days and weeks when you feel like there is a dark cloud over your head, just a constant feeling of sadness. And that is what we term as depression. Disappointment from the people in our lives, failure to hit target goals, frustration at work or even loss of a loved one can be the spark to depression. Depression is always hard to cope with because it stretches one’s emotions and mental state all at once.
Depression is a big intermission in one’s life. People faced with depression lose interest in things once thought to lift one’s moods. Depressed people often have a feeling of worthlessness clouding their personality that they are much susceptible to suicide. There is however a need to get a hold of the situation before it is quite too late. Getting to know the symptoms early on may help you get a grip on the situation before it escalates to a full blown hurricane.
Signs of depression
- Feelings of worthlessness, self blame and low self esteem
- Fatigue and a feeling of laziness
- Insomnia or oversleeping depending on victim’s character
- Loss of appetite/overeating depending on the victim’s character
- Irritable/restless character
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Body pains, cramps, digestive problems
- Extended feelings of sadness for long periods
Coping with depression
Just like any disease depression has various stages that require different professional help to re-ignite one’s character. With the early symptoms, the onus is on the victim to keep the depression under the lid. There are a couple of things one can do to avert depression in its earliest stages
Stick to your routine
It all begins with slight changes in one’s routine, then a full blown overhaul due to emotional imbalance. Stick to the same patterns of sleep, leisure to get your mind off the troubles of your life.
Try to keep your diet balanced despite your troubled mind. People often adopt different patterns of feeding. Keep away from junk or sugars which might spur the feeling of depression.
Keep in touch with friends and family
Friends and family provide emotional support in times of pain and grief. Keeping around people who understand you best may help save you from an emotional abyss. Socializing will improve your moods and get your mind off the troubles.
Find a hobby or sport
Go treasure hunting or play some tennis on your day offs. This will keep your mind distracted at times, you would otherwise spend over thinking. Sports re-focus one’s mind to the task ahead and is a good tool for distraction.
Get a work-out schedule
Workouts are good mood lifters; you push your body to perform different exercises and hit certain targets set up initially. You start with light walks and follow up with jogging. However, these activities would best work if taken outside.
Talk to someone
Depression sometimes is due to inflation of pressure due to failure to meet expectations from those around a person. Talking to another person, not necessarily a shrink may help create a release effect on the depressed person.