How to Battle Depression

How to Battle Depression

Everyone has their own demons to fight, everyone has their own battle. 

More and more people suffers from depression. Even famous personalities are not exempted like Kate Spade, Chester Bennington, Kim Jonghyun. It is not a laughing matter nor something that should taken lightly because it can cause death to some. 

Sometimes, you'll just get shocked by the news telling that somebody just killed him or herself because of depression. Regardless of the status, whether they are famous or not, rich, successful, laid-back and cheerful they are, you don't know what they are going through when they are all by their selves. 

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
(Source: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression)

We can not see people who suffers from depression just by looking at their faces because they cover their feelings with a ready smile and good laugh. They create another persona of positivity and happiness to cover what they truly feel. That is why we can't really help them right away, but they can help themselves. Here's some of the ways on how you can feel better when you are suffering from depression :

1. ROUTINE. 
Depression create a feeling of loss of interest and remove the structure of your daily life. By having a routine, you can get back on track.

2. SET YOUR GOALS. 
When you feel worthless, create a goal to make you feel accomplished and satisfied. You can start by setting a small goal day by day like cleaning your room and organizing your things.

3. EXERCISE AND EAT HEALTHY 
Exercising boosts endorphins and can make you feel good. 
When you someone is depressed, they tend to lose appetite or overeat that leads to poor health. Eating healthy can make you feel better.

4. GOOD SLEEP
It might be hard for you to sleep but you really need to develop a habit of sleeping for long hours. You can do this by taking away all the distractions from your bedroom like your televisions, mobile phone, computers, etc. Having a long hours of sleep can really help in making you feel better. 

5. DO SOMETHING NEW. 

Aside from having a routine, it can also help fight depression when you have a new hobby. Anything that can interest you and can make you happy like the ballet class that you always want to try, or a cooking class, photography class, anything. 

6. CHALLENGE YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS 
Always look at the brighter side. People who suffers from depression sometimes tend to have a negative mindset and always see the worst case scenario. You might always feel alone and nobody cares about you but remember that is not true. 

7. TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 
You have a responsibility to your family, as a sister, brother, father, mother, wife or husband. Sometimes you feel like giving up but always remember to have a grip on your responsibility because above all, they need you. 

8. STRONGER FAITH 
Pray until something happens. Nothing is much stronger than your faith to whoever you believe in. Remember that what you have right now will never lasts forever,  like your problems, like your depressions.  

Everyone can help you but you are the only one who can really help yourself. It is okay to be lonely but never drown yourself to sadness. You are loved. 

Smile :)

“Depression exists without you knowing it, even denying it. It is not an illusion. You don’t even know you’re in it. It takes a while before you realize it.” – Ann Marie Aguilar.


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