Depression affects 1 in 5 people at some point during their lives. Even though their symptoms vary in severity, they're still just as important to treat as one another. I've personally suffered with depression for a good 4 or 5 years and I can honestly say it's so difficult to deal with. Over the years, I've been to counseling as well as picked up some of my own coping techniques so I'm hoping they'll be able to help someone else out too.
When you feel depressed, the last thing you want to do is spend time with people. However, pulling away from your friends and family takes away an important support network which is key in recovery. Making the extra effort to make plans with your loved ones will make all the difference. Plus, staying busy prevents you from overthinking things by yourself, allowing you to get a much needed break from negative thoughts.
Get A Hobby
Of course, you always need to be able to spend some time by yourself to unwind and enjoy your own company. However, that can be difficult when you find yourself procrastinating and thinking negatively about yourself. Getting a hobby you can indulge in at home will give you an outlet to concentrate on, and having something productive to do will make you feel better about yourself.
Sometimes, depression can cause your appetite to fade, but stopping eating can cause to a whole host of other problems, not to mention it makes you feel even worse both mentally and physically. Ensure to have a meal or even just a small snack regularly to maintain your physical health, nutritional levels and appetite. It will eventually come back and you'll feel more positive about food too.
It's common to experience insomnia alongside depression, but don't let it eat you up. Poor sleeping patterns are proven to cause poor mental health, lack of concentration and a range of other issues. Keep a routine of getting up and going to bed at normal times to make sure you're getting enough sleep.
Finally, remember to get help if you feel that you need. Go to a doctor you trust, or a counselor if you're lucky enough to have access to one straight away. You can take someone with you or go alone; either way, you may be surprised at how quickly getting help can make a difference. Whatever you do, don't suffer in silence as the help is out there if you need it.
What are your top tips for dealing with depression?
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