How To Fight Depression: 6 Things To Try
Depression leaves you feeling tired, drained of energy and able to do little more than lay in bed. This can be frustrating soul crushing.
You might not know where to start when it comes time for treatment or how long it will take before things get better, but there are steps that anyone with a depressive disorder can take towards recovery:
1. Meet yourself where you are
Depression is an ever-present struggle. It’s a challenge for many people and it may even be affecting your life directly, without you realizing.
The key to self-treatment is being open and accepting of what we are going through, our emotions, the obstacles that get in our way – not seeing these as negatives but rather opportunities for growth! Allow yourself to feel these negative emotions but don’t stay there. Find a way to release this into art, physical activity, or any other way that feels right to you.
2. If you need to wallow, wallow — but do so constructively
Suppressing your feelings and emotions may seem like a strategic way to cope with the negative symptoms of depression. But this technique is ultimately unhealthy, because it doesn’t provide any emotional release for those moments when everything feels too much.
Consider writing or journaling about what you’re experiencing – but don’t stay there: let yourself feel the emotion; just know that they won’t last forever (even if sometimes all you can do is take small steps).
3. Know that today isn’t indicative of tomorrow
Today’s mood, emotions, or thoughts don’t belong to tomorrow.
If you can’t do it today, don’t worry. You have another opportunity tomorrow to give your best shot at achieving what you want.
Give yourself grace today when life seems hard- try looking forward towards whatever may come with an open mind and heart
4. Set attainable goals
Giving yourself a long to-do list can cause you to feel like it is impossible and that the best course of action would be not doing anything. However, by setting small goals with finite milestones for success, you will find more motivation in completing your tasks one at a time.
For example, don’t clean the whole house: take out the trash. And when you’re sorting emails, get caught up in any time-sensitive messages.
It’s easy to get discouraged when all you can see in front of you is an intimidating list of things that need doing. It may be tempting to give up before starting, but your goal isn’t too far out there and it’s important for you start small.
5. Do something you enjoy…
The chronic fatigue of depression can be overwhelming, but fighting back with positive thoughts is worth it. After all, nothing will feel better than seeing your smile again!
You can find peace and energy by pushing back. It could be playing the guitar, painting a picture, hiking up that mountain or biking to your favorite destination.
These activities can provide subtle lifts in your mood and energy, which may help you overcome the rut that has been plaguing you. A lot of times you will have to really force yourself to do it, this will not be easy by any means, it might even feel impossible. Do it anyways and you might be surprised to see how much it lifts your spirit.
6. Incorporating meditation may help ground your thoughts
Finding relief from stress and anxiety is an important part of living a balanced life. Relaxation techniques can help you relieve tension, stay calm during difficult times, release pent-up emotions, feel happier in general with the present moment or by releasing negative thoughts about oneself.
Many people don’t realize that a sense of well-being is something you can create. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the effort to take time out for yourself and really invest in your mental health – especially when we are all so busy these days! There are many ways to do this; meditation, yoga or deep breathing have all been shown within recent studies as effective tools by which one may reap greater benefits from life. A great way also could be writing down things that make you feel good about who you are and what makes up your priorities in life.