Depression – Symptoms and 8 Ways to Deal With It
Depression is one of the most serious and common mental diseases, with major consequences such as serious cognitive impairment and increased chances of indulging in risky behavior including, the decision to terminate one’s life by suicide.
It is very important to know about the signs and symptoms of depression so that when you observe them you will be able to seek timely help!
Major Depression symptoms –
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
- Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiousness, or “empty” feelings.
- Pessimism, hopelessness, fatigue.
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much.
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.
- Overeating, or appetite loss.
- Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away!
Ways to deal with depression
There are numerous ways to deal with depression, here we will mention the 8 most effective among them!
This is not the end of the world
Today’s mood, feelings, or thoughts do not belong in the future. If you were unable to get out of bed or achieve your goals today, remember that you have not lost the opportunity to try again tomorrow.
Allow yourself the grace to understand that while some days will be challenging, others will be fantastic. Try to look forward to a new day.
Cry if you need to, but do so constructively
Suppressing your feelings and emotions may appear to be a sensible strategy for dealing with the negative symptoms of depression. However, this method is eventually harmful. Have it if you’re having a bad day. Allow yourself to feel the feelings, but don’t dwell on them.
Consider writing or journaling about what you’re feeling, both while you’re down and when your mood improves.
Make a routine for yourself.
If your regular routine is disrupted by depressed symptoms, creating a mild timetable/schedule may help you feel more in control. You don’t have to be harsh on yourself, and you don’t have to be productive all the time! Allow yourself ample time to relax and rejuvenate each day!
Set attainable goals
You might choose to do nothing if you have a long to-do list. Instead of making a big list of chores, consider focusing on one or two smaller objectives. When you are done with one minor task, go on to the next, and then the next. This way, you’ll have a record of tangible accomplishments rather than an unfinished to-do list.
Recognize and reward your efforts
Attainment of goals deserves acknowledgment, and all triumphs deserve a celebration. When you achieve a goal, make an effort to recognize it. You might not want to celebrate with a cake and confetti every time, but acknowledging your own accomplishments can prove to be a very strong weapon against the weight of sadness. Appreciating yourself might prove especially effective in combating negative comments and overgeneralization.
Indulge in activities you enjoy
Depression might cause you to succumb to weariness. Try to push back and do something you enjoy. Playing an instrument, painting, drawing, listening to music, spending time in nature, hiking, or reading are all possibilities you can explore. These activities can give minor boosts to your mood and energy, which may aid in your recovery from the depression symptoms.
Spend more time with your loved ones
Be around people who care for you and who support you. At such times you might need some reassuring words and kind gestures.
If you are having symptoms of depression and have tried to overcome it but it’s proving difficult, the best way out is to go for therapy.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT can work wonders and help treat depression and anxiety disorders. Why wait you can get the desired help right away!?
Connect with an online therapist now!