Depression is a terrible illness that affects literally millions of people every day, causing major problems with their health, their relationships and their work productivity. People with depression struggle with many different symptoms including: feelings of worthlessness, low esteem, negative emotions, lack of energy and loneliness.
If you suffer from depression, it is important that you seek help. Why? Because you CAN learn how to control your depression and live a purposeful life. All it takes is a deep desire to make some positive changes in your life and make a commitment to taking action.
When you feel depressed, the natural thing to do is isolate yourself and focus on your problems, but this is the worst thing you can do. Here are some things you can do to help yourself:
- ASK FOR HELP You have to try very hard to reach out to someone you can trust and talk to them. If your family isn’t very supportive or understanding, make an appointment with your family doctor who can discuss different options (medications and/or therapy).
- LEARN ABOUT YOUR ILLNESS Another thing that is very important is to do research and learn as much as you can about depression. Not understanding what is wrong with you can result in unnecessary stress and fear of the unknown. Knowledge helps you deal with your situation more effectively.
- BE ACTIVE Depression tries to keep you in bed and feeling bad about yourself. Fight the desire to do nothing and be active. Get out of bed and do something. Go for a walk. Do some exercise. Dance to some music.
- EAT HEALTHY Eating healthy foods will make you feel better. Don’t miss meals or eat junk food. Try cooking something different.
- FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES Depression has a negative perspective. Do whatever you can to think positively. Start your day by saying some positive affirmations and keep doing this through the day. Read motivational books, listen to happy music, watch funny movies. Stop your negative thinking. Don’t allow negative thoughts to ruin your day.
- SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY Try not to be around negative people who complain, criticize and make you feel bad. Join an interest group in an organization or church and make some friends who encourage and support you.
Depression can be controlled if you work hard every day to make positive changes. The key is taking action. Your life will never change if you don’t do something about it. Other people can try to help and support you, but you have to do most of the work yourself. Stop making excuses, stop blaming others, start taking responsibility for your own life and TAKE ACTION NOW!
Do you have a family member or friend who is depressed? They need your love and support. Try to learn as much as you can about depression and how you can help. Depression is a very misunderstood illness and if you don’t know how to help, you can make the situation worse. People who are depressed can become stuck in the habit of being depressed and feel like they will never get better. The truth is, with the proper support, they can gain control over their illness. It is extremely important that a depressed person knows that someone cares about them and that their life does have value.
Building confidence and increasing esteem is critical to controlling depression. When you don’t feel good about yourself and have low esteem, you are likely to feel depressed. In my personal recovery, I did lots of research and read some very good books on building esteem. From the information gathered, I created a self-esteem workbook that I use in my workshops and confidence coaching. It has 84 pages of information to help you build esteem and lots of activities to reinforce what you have learned. Click on the following links for ordering:
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