Depression is an illness that can affect any person from any walk of life. It does not distinguish between the rich, the poor, the young or the old. It can be as minor as a dose of the blues that will not go away or it can become so consuming that thoughts of self-harm can be entertained. Following is some advice on how to deal with depression when it strikes.
If you are able to work through the personal issues you have to deal with, it can aid you in battling depression. Conquer one at a time and don’t let them overwhelm you. Make your projects small so you can reach the goals.
Have realistic expectations. Often depressed people fixate on some unrealistic goal that they believe will cure their depression. For some it is money, for others it may be longing for an idealistic Mr. or Miss. “Right” to spend the rest of their life with. While having a goal is good, keep it realistic. Instead of being unhappy with your current job and longing to win the lottery, take college courses or a vocational program to increase your income potential. If you are lonely, get out and get involved with activities you enjoy. Even if you don’t meet someone, you will have fun; and if you do meet someone, they are much more likely to have similar interests to you unlike a random stranger in a bar.
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.
In order to fight against depression, it is very important to always think positive. Negative thinking plays a big role in our state of mind and it tends to affect the way we deal with people. By having a positive mindset people expect great things which in return opens lots of great opportunities.
If you are suffering from depression, one of the best thing you can do to improve the state of your mental health is to spend time with positive people. The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your thoughts and feelings. If you constantly spend time with negative people you will feel negative yourself. Thoughts and feelings are contagious so surround yourself with positive people.
Try to avoid being alone in your saddest moments. Whether you are talking to a trusted friend or just watching television with your spouse, being together with another person can often help you to feel as though you are not holding on to this entire problem yourself and this will alleviate some of the pain.
While these tips will assist you to recognize depression when it appears, please make sure that you seek professional medical assistance immediately, if any suicidal thoughts arise. Depression can be treated with time and each day another step towards recovery can be made. With the support of family and friends, the sun will shine on your days again.