Depression is a strong and painful feeling as well as a huge battle on its own. Since mental health is still a taboo in our society, it can prove to be quite difficult to talk about. Therefore, this article aims to shed light on some of the symptoms of depression, and some ways to cope with it.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Initially, it might appear as a mood swing but it is much more than that. It is a condition that affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
Some Symptoms of Depression
Given below are different symptoms that can be seen in a person who is fighting a battle against depression:
Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
Behavioural: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, or social isolation
Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
Whole-body: excessive hunger, fatigue, or loss of appetite
Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts
The video mentioned below will tell you about all the behavioural changes that can be seen in a person with depression.
Ways to Overcome Depression
Mentioned below are some easy ways with which you can fight against depression when it is in the initial stages:
Exercise and Meditate
The best thing that you can do is to indulge in exercise and meditation. They will help in calming your nerves and relaxing your mind. Doing it at least 30 minutes a day will be really beneficial. It should be the most refreshing and relaxing time of your day.
Limit the Intake of Toxins
Prevent or limit the intake of all types of toxic substances like alcohol, drugs, unnecessary medication, and all the other things like that. As these toxins affect the working of your brain to some extent, they can be a huge barrier in your recovery process. Try to get in touch with the things that are fresh and good for health more frequently.
Take Time to Enjoy and Have Fun
Most of the time we get so busy in our lives that we forget to enjoy it. So, take a break, relax and take some time out to enjoy yourself. Indulge in activities that you have fun doing, which can include hobbies like sports, dancing, reading, travelling etc.
Follow a Good Medication Routine
Curing conditions like depression without medication is not really possible. So, consult with a good mental health doctor, who can prescribe appropriate medications to deal with the symptoms of depression and aid you in the recuperation process. Furthermore, you should take your medicines regularly at the right time without fail to ensure a smooth recovery.
Indulge in Talk Therapy
Therapy is one of the best ways to get over any kind of mental health problem. This is because, getting involved in talk sessions to discuss things that make you feel bad or uncomfortable, can help you relax and get your mind off certain depressing thoughts.
Focus on People Who Lift You up
Surrounding yourself with people who have a positive outlook and lift you up is really important. Therefore, it is imperative to create a good friend circle that consists of people who love and care for you. Talk and spend a good time with them because surrounding yourself with negativity can have some long-lasting adverse effects on your mental health.
Improve Your Sleep Schedule
Lack of sleep is a problem on its own. Thus, you must always try to get sufficient sleep to avoid being in a foul mood, with a blasting headache destroying your peace. A body that is devoid of sleep becomes extremely vulnerable to a variety of health issues, including mental health problems like depression. Therefore, always try to sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours a day. Refer to this article by Podium School to learn about other ways to improve your sleep habits.
The video mentioned below will talk about some other ways to handle depression.
Some Quotes on Depression to Cheer You up
- “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.” — Dwayne Johnson
- “You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- “I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. Am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous’
- “Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes
- “You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” — Lili Reinhart