How to Deal with Depression?

Are you dealing with depression? Do you want to try out new things? Here are a few ways in which you can feel better and help yourself. Read Now

1. CURB YOUR STRESS

One of the major factors that contribute to depression and depressive episodes is
stress. Here are a few ways in which you can deal better with your stress and thus
depression.

Meditation

Start your day with some calming music and fresh air. Practice basic
breathing exercise for at least 10 minutes. This will help you feel rejuvenated.

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Dedicating a portion of your day to ‘fun’

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, have some time of your day
away from your phone, work and tensions. Watch a football match. Have a
date night, cook your favorite meal. Have ‘Fun’.

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2. IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS

Depression affects different people differently and due to different reasons. Start
identifying what activities disturb you, which words or actions push you towards
spiraling and over-thinking. Rate these triggers on the basis of your resistance
towards them.
Some of the triggers can be – seeing someone fight, discussion about future plans,
revisiting embarrassing episodes, etc.
Try your best to avoid these situations thereafter and also work on developing better
resistance to the same.

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3. A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT

Believe it or not, the mess on your bed, your working station contributes to the mess
in your head.
Start your morning by making your bed. This tells your body to stop procrastinating
and also gives you a sense of achievement.
Make sure you throw away things you don’t need, don’t hoard unwanted items or
clutter your room.
Clean and decorate the places you spend your time at. Add posters, buy plants. Both
your home and workplace should radiate positivity. They should make you happy.

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4. LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Depression takes a toll on your sleeping and eating patterns. You might feel
completely sleepless on some days and extremely drowsy on others. But for your
body to help you recover, it is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Have a proper sleeping pattern.
Eat healthy and delicious meals timely.
Exercise.

It can seem impossible on some days to get yourself out of bed, but for better days,
you have to make sure you to take best care of your body.

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5. FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE

A reading corner in your house with some indoor plants, or a café with Jenga, or a
boxing ring, or the staircase of your office, your best friend’s house. Your happy
place can be anywhere.

It is important to have an accessible happy place so that you can elope for a while
whenever things seem too difficult.
We cannot avoid bad days, but we can always try to make them slightly better.
Create a happy place for yourself, add all the elements to it that calms you like
music, books, and iced tea, whatever helps.

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6. MAKE A PLAN

Depression with it brings along a never-ending feeling of worthlessness.
Set some small attainable goals for yourself, make a plan, give yourself sufficient
time to achieve the goal and when you do, celebrate!
Instead of large goals like training for a marathon, promise yourself you will go for a
walk each day and beat your time from the day before to cover a distance.
Make a weekly plan, and keep it flexible to add in more fun later.

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7. THERAPY

There are various types of therapy that can help people cope with depression but the
most recommended is Talk Therapy.

The aim of therapy is to have an expert help you control negative thoughts and
actions, find roots of your trouble and help you align your emotions better. The
therapist can help you identify your triggers and also help identify ways you can deal
with a triggering situation.

In case of severe depression, therapy is paired with anti-depressants.

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8. FIND SUPPORT

Humans are social animals and never do well alone. Having a support system is
probably one of the most important steps towards healing.
Spend time with your friends and family, tell them what you are going through.
It can take some time for you to find the strength, but it is important for you to accept
that you are going through something and let the people in your life know too. This
way they will be able to help you better and you will also squash the feeling of
loneliness.

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MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FAITH! IT MIGHT SEEM DARK TODAY, BUT THE
SUN WILL RISE AGAIN AND BETTER DAYS WILL COME.

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