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From Depression To Living: Ways You Can Fight Back Against Depression

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From Depression To Living: Ways You Can Fight Back Against Depression

Depression is a kind of mental disorder in which you think that nothing in the universe can take you out of this state and make you feel better. It is a devious condition and creates symptoms that may discourage you from seeking help and accomplishing the actions that begin your healing and recovery.

Poor self-esteem, lack of enthusiasm, and low energy levels are some of the symptoms that make it extremely hard to get out of your depressed state. If you are suffering from this mental ailment then keep in mind that depression is one of the most common, yet most easily managed mental disorders.

You can fight back against your depression and easily conquer it while following some of the helpful tips below:

Identify And Conquer Your Destructive Inner Voice

Depression tends to be accompanied by a critical, self-disparaging mentality which may interfere with, and divert you from, your routine life. When depressed, you are likely to accept this wrong and negative identity as your true self. Most sufferers are unable to comprehend that these vicious thoughts are actually the voice of a hidden adversary within.

To start the recovery process, begin thinking of the destructive thoughts as germs and parasites (one author calls them “Ants”) that bring with them pain and illness. Realize that they are negative thoughts, and do not listen when they tell you to get isolated, to give up the activities that you enjoy, or to lower your desire to achieve your goals. Try to think as positively as you used to before the symptoms appeared. By identifying this destructive inner voice and having sympathy for yourself, you will begin to understand who you are more realistically and clearly.

Be Active

Depression can drastically drop your energy levels. When you are depressed, you tend to sleep more and more and have difficulties waking up. According to many psychologists activity combats depression so try to be physically active for at least half an hour a day; play with your kids or go for a walk with a friend. It has been scientifically proven that exercise and any other physical activity elevates the neuro-plasticity of the brain and consequently releases the neurochemical known as Endorphin, which helps in boosting our mood. So, if you truly want to fight back against your depression and conquer it then just be active as much as you can.

Get Social

When you are depressed, you might be hearing thoughts that encourage isolation and the desire to stay away from people or to not talk with others. You should try to avoid listening to such voices. Talking to a friend or family member, and telling them about what you are emotionally suffering from does not make you a self-centred person. People who love you unconditionally always appreciate to hear from you, even about your suffering. Talk to them and tell them what you are feeling emotionally. They will help you fight depression. Be around people and try to enjoy every social situation to the fullest.

Do Your Favourite Things

Do the things you once had the passion for. Depression symptoms tend to destroy many of your former interests. However, on the way to conquer this difficult emotional state, you have to follow your once-liked passions and hobbies even if you do not feel like doing so. Doing the things you are interested in will reignite the lost spark in you and help you cope with this state. It is easier said than done; at the moment, you feel like hitting the bed for hours but try to motivate yourself to call a faithful friend, cook a meal, or take a walk. If you have experienced depression before, then do the things that helped you get out of it and feel better in the past.

See A Therapist

There is nothing embarrassing about identifying and accepting that you are suffering from a mental ailment. At times, almost everyone encounters similar problems in their lives. Do not feel ashamed and don’t be afraid to seek help. If you are unable to resolve your problems by yourself, then a therapist is waiting for you. Speak to them openly; they are sure to get you out of this mental state.

Hopefully this will inspire you to fight back against depression; we can’t wait to see where your recovery takes you.

Editor’s Note

Whatever you’re going through, please know that there is always somewhere there willing to listen to you and to help.

In the U.K you can call The Samaritans on 116 123

In America you can call The Samaritans on 1 (800) 273-TALK

Other countries can call a Be frienders Worldwide volunteer near you.

About The Author
Joel Curtis is a registered Psychologists with Endeavour Wellness and has over 17 years of experience. Joel holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology from Western Sydney University. Joel owns a number of private practices in Sydney and provides expert content for several national TV and Radio programmes.
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