Depression comes in any form, it could be the sudden irritation one feels in between a pleasant conversation or it could be that feeling of helplessness in the middle of the night. It’s that force that triggers one’s strength.
It’s that thought of not being good enough in what one does in every day. It’s what impending people to get up and claim that they are capable of doing so many amazing things. It’s the battle no knows how to effectively combat.
How It Affects Your Life
Depression is one’s, silent killer. It is a dose of death. It affects people in all aspects of their being. From how they interact with people down to how they view themselves in the mirror at night.
Also, depression negates every positive thing you could ever come up with. It denies every hope you could ever aspire for. It kicks you so bad when you’re already on the floor wincing in pain. It’s the constant reminder that life is not all rainbow and cupcakes.
Detecting depression is more difficult than it sounds. For all you know, it may be in disguise of a smile or a laugh. Most of those who suffer actually tend to fake that they are doing alright. This is a wrong way of battling depression. In reality, it should be handled the other way around.
Ways to Counter Depression
To handle depression means to manage one’s thoughts. It’s choosing to start anew every day with all the wonderful people who believe in your capacity to overcome life triumphantly. It’s conquering every life hurdle that may bring any feeling of fear or anxiety.
Try conquering your fears. Get yourself some support. You may surprise yourselfwith how you can handle things that you seemed to be nervous about. Moreover, you can try some of these steps:
- Know Your Fear
Depression is the feeling of unknown fear or anxiety, but if you really put your mind into it, you will know what triggers that sudden bursts of negative emotion. “Fear is our internal alarm bell for danger,” says Dr. Orma. “Without the ability to feel fear, we wouldn’t live very long because we wouldn’t be aware of, or care about, the threats around us.” says Steve Orma, PsyD, clinical psychologist.
It might be imagining rejection at work or the assumption of having a low grade, no matter what that situation is, you should try to know what you are battling against.
- Look For Someone To Talk To
It might sound easy but someone to talk to is more than just having a chit-chat or a laugh with someone. You will need someone whom you know you can trust. Someone that you are not afraid to share things with. “By building a list of people that you trust, with whom you can talk to in times of need, you allow yourself a strong sense of not being alone.” David Klow, a licensed therapist suggests.
Sometimes, this is the problem. We are scared of letting our feelings out,and that should not be the case. Trying to talk to someone about what bothers you might just be a saving grace. If you need some serious attention, speak to a psychiatrist directly.
- Think Positively
In a life full of struggles, what we need most is a little of every good and beautiful thing. How do you get that? Well, you get the beautiful side of everything by looking at things from a different perspective.
Instead of thinking why it happened, appreciate that event. It happened because I need to learn something. Treat it as an opportunity to grow. It had opened doors for you and be able to explore it with an open mind. “Negative thoughts are just a part of life, but they don’t have to consume you. Instead of trying to ignore those thoughts altogether, try countering them with positive statements.” A reminder from Licensed clinical psychologist John Mayer, Ph.D.
Instead of saying sorry, tell yourself that you are going to do it better next time. Tell yourself you are willing to give it another try.
Depression is actually something that you can prevent. You just have to trust the process. Do not take life too seriously. Bear in mind that “everything happens for a reason.”
Remember the feeling like when you still hold a pen even if you have nothing to write, believing that somewhere in your recesses, an idea will spark and a literary will be born.
It is when you trust your own feet to carry you to places you never imagined. It’s when you assert that you are stronger than your stress. You are bigger than it. You are so much more than depression.