Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression. Depression affects a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. It is a temporary reaction to life events such as loss of loved ones.
Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, dejected, worthless, ashamed or restless. Depression may lead to attempting or actually dying by suicide. The following tips can help overcome depression without medications.
1. GO FOR COUNSELLING
Do not feel ashamed or scared to seek counselling. It’s amazing how quickly talking about your depression with someone else (a professional counselor, not just a friend) can reveal things that afterwards might seem obvious but in the moment of darkness are impossible to see. I guess that is why depression feels so dark. It is hard to see. 2. TAKING A LONG WALK OUTSIDE
In Europe, doctors prescribe exercise for their depression patients. The best is a combination of exercise and getting out in nature and giving your body and mind enough time of mindless walking to let the true feelings and thoughts rise to the surface. You will also see that nature has cycles too, there are times of joy and times of hibernation. Allow your body and soul to sync with nature and you’ll automatically feel better. 3. EATING RIGHT.
Eating crap, or overeating anything, literally feeds the depression cycle. Every time you eat crap, you feel bad, and then it just gets that much harder to pull yourself out of the dive. A few foods that are renowned for improving your mood are wild-caught salmon, walnuts, and dark chocolate. 4. STOP DRINKING AND DRUGGING YOURSELF
While drinking might make you feel better momentarily, all you are doing is swallowing your problems, where they eat away at you in even deeper darkness inside your soul. If you are using alcohol or drugs to anesthetize yourself against your problems, please stop. Get help if you need it!
5. TAKE TIME TO LAUGH
Studies have shown that laughter does really make you feel better. Watch some silly comedies. visit friends that can crack you up. Take time to laugh and remember things that makes you laugh. Laughter heals the soul. Always connect with people and things that make laugh.
6. DO NOT STAY ALONE
Enjoy the company of people, staying alone will only give you reasons to think. But when you have people around and engage in conversations, you do not give room for depressing thoughts. Also stay with people who can always make you happy. Develop friendship and relationships ranging from casual to intimate. Happy people generally have several close friends or family around. 7. FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF
Imagine yourself as a new companion. Fall in love with yourself and learn to be happy with yourself, no one can love you more than you love yourself. Take yourself out, write love letters to yourself, buy yourself gifts and confess good things about yourself. Before you can love anyone else, you must love yourself first. When you love yourself, you realize the need to snap out of depression and be happy for yourself. Tackle your bad habits and embrace humor.
8. BE CREATIVE
Develop interests, participate in activities. Write down your thoughts and secrets. Paint or draw pictures representing how you feel. Try to get yourself engaged. Try to build a garden, studies have shown that there is stuff in garden soil that works better than antidepressants. So get out there, and don’t wear gloves. Get dirty, get creative, and don’t worry about whether it’s good enough. If you made it, it’s awesome! And while you are doing all this, listen to music because that helps too, good music. 9. REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS
Remember your dreams. Do you remember what as a child you dreamed your life would be like? Often, people get depressed when they have strayed too far from their original dreams. Yes, sometimes we need to change our dreams, but it’s amazing the power of those deep original dreams and how they can guide us. Remember how happy you used to be as a child. Be optimistic.
10. READ BOOKS: READ ABOUT PEOPLE AND LISTEN TO PEOPLE.
There is something about reading about others, it strikes something within you and gives you an assurance of a better you. When you read books about how people were able to overcome depression, it gives you hope of bouncing back. Listening to people share their experiences can also help overcome oppression, you relate with what they have been through and who they are now.
Reexamine your expectations in life or priorities and adjust to suit reality better. Life situations might always give you reasons to be depressed, but always remember that, when there is life, there is hope. You can not get over it by being depressed but by fighting it and coming out victorious. Never allow anything steal your joy.