Coping With Depression
Depression Hurts - Depression is a mental illness that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. It is one of the most prominent mental diseases.
The first step is to talk to somebody, your general practitioner, your religious leader, or a therapist. All Doctors agree that stress, anxiety, pressure, doubts, and fears can hurt anyone’s health physically, mentally, and emotionally.
However, for many years, I existed in a state of persistent worry, stress, anxiety, fear, panic, and trauma that put a lot of pressure on me. External influences also have affected my moods and state of mind, but I got help, and so can you.
I Created a Monster in my Head
I had to demonize the critical voice and make it the enemy. For me doing so created physic warfare. I would create a reality with no basis in fact and convince myself that the things I was building were real. Was I a fake and meaningless person?
I felt as if I had a Demon on one of my shoulders and an Angel on the other shoulder; negative and positive thoughts about myself and my life. It was so destructive and didn't solve a thing.
I realized, with help, I deserve to love myself and be proud of me!
Judgments Hurt - Don't Be Victimized.
People called me crazy. The problem with this kind of logic is it's acting on flawed precepts. It is one of those off the wall phrases which coincides with the term 'nobody's perfect'; the human race tends to make mistakes, big and small.
We can play word games, tossing concepts around, but being called crazy is entirely inapplicable to the experiences of reality. I am the only person that has walked in my shoes. You are the only person that has walked in your shoes. Who are these "enlightened people" that has the right to judge?
Lifestyle Changes in Coping With Depression
You can further make lifestyle adjustments that can increase your self-esteem. Strive for as much stability as possible in your life. Set goals. Here are some thoughts;
- eating a healthy diet - stop snacking and give up junk food
- getting regular exercise - walk more, take the stairs, clean the house
- getting a good night sleep - early to bed, relax
- volunteering - hospital, nursing home, other
- a new hobby - painting, needlepoint, other
- socializing - join a bowling league, participate in a club, and spending time with friends who make you feel good about who you are.
With self-control and persistence, I think that almost all individuals suffering from depression will develop improvement, experience a sense of comfort, and self-esteem once again. I believe that anybody who's had to contend with mental illness (whether it's depression, bipolar disease, or severe anxiety) has a fair amount of resilience. That they've had to deal with suffering already (personal pain).