Thursday, 7 May 2015

Coping with Depression

Depression is a very difficult illness to deal 
with, and it can often be very difficult to see it getting better, and when your in such a low mood all of the time it can be hard to deal with everyday life.

I know from suffering first hand, and at the time of my depression I had nobody I could talk to about it, I had no friends, no family, and I felt so alone, and literally wanted to die, but I basically had to pick myself up and fight for my life.
Not only was I suffering depression at the time but also Anxiety and Bulimia, so it was even harder.
The first steps you should take if you are suffering with depression is...

Go to your Doctor
your doctor will be able to help you with things such as medication, referring you to a councilor, therapist, or a support group.

Talk to someone
If your lucky enough to have somebody in your life that you trust go talk to one of them such as a family member, friend, teacher, or school councilor.
having someone to talk too will really help you feel better.

Do things you enjoy 
I know it can be difficult as when you have depression you tend to have no passion for the things you once loved, but do try your best to make yourself feel better, by taking part in activities you enjoy, or try a new class, or just watch your fave movies.

Get out 
I know it can be difficult even getting out of bed when you have depression, as not only is your mood so low, but so are your energy levels, but you really have to force yourself to get up and get out!
even just going for a little walk, go and get a coffee, go to your local library, whatever it is its really good to get out and take your mind of your depression.

Spend time around Children
Children are so carefree and lively their great to spend time with when you feel low and can really cheer up your mood, so if you have young children in your family, go and spend time with them and act like a big kid yourself.
I know this really helped me as I love children and grew up in a big family, so when I was depressed I actually took on a part time babysitting job, Which I loved and it really helped me a lot and it was nice to make a difference in the children's life's too. So this is another great option if you feel you can take on the responsibility of children, as it is a very big one.

Get a Pet
If you can get a pet, and know you are up for the responsibility, of taking care of one then do so,
Animals such as dogs and cats have been known to boost our mood.
I personally love Animals and have a Dog myself and getting my dog really did help me out when I was suffering terribly with Depression, its true Dog is a man's Best Friend or Woman's!
And having the responsibility of another life, really does keep you occupied and makes you want to stay alive, and healthy in order to take care of your beloved pet.

Eat Healthily and get some exercise
Eating healthily is especially important, when you have depression, as been deficient, in certain nutrients can make you feel depressed, so make sure you eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, protein and carbohydrates, as you need these to fuel your body and it will help to boost your mood.
If you can try to do some exercise as exercise gives you endorphins, which make you happy, even just taking a simple walk, or try some yoga, yoga is helpful for many conditions Depression and Anxiety being one of many, so take a look on You tube there's loads of yoga videos on there.

Depression isn't an easy condition to get through and it does take time, for me it took years and I do still suffer with it today, but It is so much better, and it is possible to get better, you just have to have hope and stay strong and fight the battle, and chances are if you have depression, you are a strong person, because 'Depression happens not if your weak but because you've been strong for so long''.

I really hope that some of these tips helped you if you are suffering with depression,
and please get the support that you need, If you have any questions or just need someone to talk to then please comment down below.

Take care

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