How to Overcome Depression
With the recession, there are many struggling financially and emotionally. With challenges in life, people become susceptible to depression – I know from personal experience. But there is hope – there is a way to overcome depression in one’s life. How do I do this you ask? Here are some steps to help you overcome depression:
– Take a shower in the morning. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me to start my day with a hot shower, which relaxes me, and gets the ball rolling – ya know, doing my makeup and hair and getting dressed.
– Let the sunlight in. Depression will just linger if you don’t let natural light into your home. Open up the blinds and the windows and let some fresh air in.
– Listen to uplifting music. When you are feeling depressed, the last thing you need to be listening to are depressing songs about drugs, suicide, etc. Listen to uplifting music. Heck, turn on the Beach Boys or some classical instrumental music. I love country music, but if you are feeling depressed, this might not help you to feel happier – lol!
– Eat something. Get some healthy food in your body. Eat some fruit or cereal in the morning. Drink plenty of water. Don’t eat only junk food and chocolate. Fuel your body with healthy and nutritious foods. (**Please note – I ♥ chocolate and am not saying “no chocolate,” I’m just saying chocolate in moderation)
– Talk to somebody. Whether it’s a counselor or a friend, a lot of times talking helps us to get the negative feelings out (like dumping water out of a cup). Once we’ve said them out loud, we tend to feel a little better. A counselor can also help you to set goals and figure out why you are feeling depressed, which will help you to overcome your depression.
– Exercise. When you exercise, it not only helps you physically, but also emotionally. Exercising may help boost your confidence. It will also serve as a distraction, taking you out of your dwelling where depression can fester. It also gives you the opportunity to interact with others, also serving as a distraction from depression.
– Antidepressants. Antidepressants may be what you need for a little while until you get on the right path again. I feel like antidepressants should not be used solely, but in conjunction with counseling.