There comes a phase when nothing seems to excite you, and you end up cussing at even the pettiest of affairs. During such episodes of zero positivity and enthusiasm, all you need to do is pull yourself up a little bit.
Here’s a guide on how to cope with depression and get rid of those thoughts of death, doom and end.
Change your thought process: Tell yourself that the ongoing problems will end soon. The fight with depression starts with hope. It is when you feel enthused and believe that nothing is difficult that you really beat depression.
Share problems with friends and family: Remember that you are never alone and that your dear ones are always with you. If something bothers you, you must share it with your family or friends. Sharing your state of mind with near and dear ones can reduce stress.
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Get support: Join a support group. Talking to people experiencing similar challenges may inspire you to deal with yours. Participating in the activities of a support group will encourage you to fight the condition. You may also join an online forum to connect with people who have similar concerns.
Be active: Engage in physical fitness programs. If you don’t like the idea of going to a gymnasium, consider meditation or taking a leisure walk in the park. Doing physical exercises will help produce hormones associated with the stimulation of positive attitude (endorphins). Moreover, exercising releases the stress-inducing hormone cortisol besides improving your fitness level.
Make dietary changes: Slight changes in diet are as effective as antidepressants in helping one cope with anxiety and depression. Whole foods such as whole wheat bread and brown rice help stabilise blood sugar levels by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, thereby reducing anxiety.
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Maintain a journal: Writing your feelings in a diary or expressing yourself in some way may help reduce stress.
Learn about depression medications: If you are unable to cope with depression despite lifestyle changes, research on medications for depression. Consult a doctor on stand-by medicines such as tranquilisers that provide immediate relief.
Many people fail to deal with depression on their own despite repeated attempts. In such a care, you must consult an expert.
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