In the blazingly fast, technologically dependent, and challenging than ever world that we live in, life can be pretty hard to deal with. Surrounded by people, ideas and decisions of various kinds that can sometimes be instantaneous, things can get pretty difficult to manage. When it all gets tough and it all gets exhausting, stress accompanied by a number of unsettling emotions, even unhappy ones can pour in out of nowhere unattended. The ingredients of the aforementioned factors mixed in with personal problems and simmered on a low flame of self-doubt and uncertainty can brew up a concoction not very pleasant to take a sip of – depression.
Battling depression is something that is common in almost every sphere of life. Stress, anxiety, and trauma are just a few factors to be named amongst countless others that we humans deal with every day. Dealing with them and then continue to carry on with our daily lives is something that’s much easier said than done. Trying to be happy and look happy when you don’t feel that way can be tough to fake, and especially tougher to come out with when people around you don’t take depression seriously and treat it as something unimportant. But that doesn’t mean there’s no solution to take care of this problem
Ways to battle depression
- Understanding yourself
A major cause of depression is the fact that we try to be someone we aren’t. We are expected by people around us to do great things and carry out tasks that they are confident we can be great at, and often push our own happiness and passions under the carpet. The first step to work on depression is to understand who you are as a person. When you know what your positives and negatives are and can place a finger on what’s good for you and what isn’t, you can safely say you understand your own self.
- Constructive brooding
A combination of words so different that it should be illegal to string them together, constructive brooding (or wallowing) can be helpful. The word here is constructive, which means that if you wish to brood over the loss or whatever it is that made you sad, feel free to. But do it in a way that you are able to let your emotions out. Talking it out or writing it somewhere in the case the former is an uncomfortable option can help you see things clearer.
- Understand that things always change
At the beginning of the last decade, Kary Perry released the absolute banger – Fireworks. And in it, she sang “After a hurricane, comes a rainbow.” While this may sound cheesy at first, it’s important to realize the true meaning of it. Things don’t remain the way they are. And just because something isn’t the way it should be and seems like it’s the end of the world right now, there’s no reason for you to feel that it won’t change. Nothing is constant, and whatever it is holding you back today, will also cease to be a hindrance tomorrow
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- Set goals
It may come as a surprise, but when you set an objective or a goal for you to achieve, it gets easier to distract yourself from what’s making you sad. The best way to ensure you do something other than think about the sad stuff is by doing something with your free time, and ensure you do it by setting up a goal. When a personal challenge or a goal is to be achieved and accomplished, it can give you a sense of satisfaction and happiness.
- Reward yourself
You’re making an effort. An effort to snap out of that bout of sadness and instead try and do something meaningful and constructive. It isn’t easy, no one said it was. But you’re not letting it hold you back. And because you’re a fighter, and because you’re trying to be a better version of yourself than you were yesterday, you deserve something. It can be treated, maybe something you’ve always eyed but never had a reason to purchase. Whatever it is, you should reward yourself with it. Cause you’re a champion. And champions get rewarded.
Depression can be a nasty thing to cope with. It’s difficult and many times you may feel like giving up and losing the battle. But you shouldn’t. You’re strong. And when you come back, you’ll be glad you held on.