Depression should not be dismissed as trivial. People with depression don’t wish to be depressed. It is something to be understood, from the perspective of the person experiencing it and not the other way around.
Imagine this scenario. You can stay awake for nights, without looking forward to mornings. Depressing thoughts can haunt you for days, incessantly recurring. How would you feel if a loved one is suffering through this? Worse, you can even be suffering from depression without knowing the symptoms.
It is not one of those emotions that you could easily dismiss. It is not something that can be eliminated through sleep, although maintaining a healthy lifestyle can definitely help.
If you have depression, you might be thinking about how you can survive this episode. Go over these tips, and you’re sure to get better in time.
Get An Accountability Partner
“Your environment, both your social and natural surroundings, can greatly impact how you feel.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC once stated. Always remember that you can’t go through depression alone. Getting an accountability partner will prevent you from being isolated further and engage in negative thoughts. This person should be aware of your personal history, as well as your current struggles. Moreover, this person should be someone you trust. He/ She must also have personal integrity.
Sharing your struggles on a regular basis with an accountability partner will somehow prevent you from repeating past battles. You will be more driven to achieve set goals or get you back on track if ever you stray away. You will have a person who will be your confidant during this critical time. Moreover, they will definitely cheer you on when you go through your slump.
In my experience, having an accountability partner has changed my worldview significantly. My accountability partner was someone who was highly esteemed in my circle. She also experienced depression, and thus, she provided vital information on how to go about my situation.
On the other hand, do not discount the role of your family in this endeavor. Knowledge and awareness of your condition should start first and foremost with your family. Make them aware of depression. They should be behind your back at all times.
Explore Activities That Excite You
Are you always cooped up in your room with your negative thoughts? Maybe it’s high time that you explore previous (or even new) activities that will excite you. “Activity scheduling entails creating a plan, say, Sunday night, for the week where you plot out times to be with people, take exercise classes, work on projects, etc. Often, people wait until a mood or motivation moves them. Rather than waiting for those tenuous experiences, I urge people to be proactive and follow their values. Don’t wait to feel better, but start to live better now.” Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, LA-based clinical psychologist explains.
You can try engaging in physical activities that you like. These types are even more recommended as go-to activities for people who are going through depression.
Connect With A Mental Health Professional
You have to be able to process your negative emotions with the help of a professional. Having an accountability partner is good, but having a mental help professional advice you through this journey is even better.
It is imperative that a medical professional will be able to diagnose your condition. Knowing your specific condition will make you aware of what to do on a day-to-day basis. For example, you will know what situations to avoid to maintain a happier disposition.
By seeking a medical professional, you will also be able to get a prescription for medicines you need for recovery.
Keep these tips in mind to breeze through one of the most challenging times in your life. With the support of important people, you will surely get over it.