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By Grisha Gupta
Hello all the gorgeous gals,
In this techno-friendly age, all of us tend to have few signs of depression at some point of time or other. Recognizing depression at an early stage is of utmost importance else it can grow into something which may require medical help. Early stages of depression may have signs such as irregular sleeping patterns, lack of energy, difficulty in getting out of bed, irritability, etc. Depression can occur at any age. It can be due to any reason. Here are a few steps to help combat the depressed side of you.
Recognizing that you’re depressed is a big step. Most people feel ill at ease at owning up to the fact that they’re actually depressed. Once you recognize, you’re halfway through. Think of all the things you would say to a loved one if they are depressed, and make sure you repeat those things every day in your head.
2. Cause of anger
Being depressed may not only be because you’re sad; it may be because you’re angry at something. Once you recognize the cause, whether it’s anger or sadness, try to figure out what is causing that. Isolate yourself from the cause and slowly try to make yourself comfortable with the cause. Also, don’t let the feeling of anger become a part of you.
3. Be active
When depressed, your energy levels drop down drastically. Low energy levels do not let you get out of the bed. Exercising releases neurochemicals called endorphins, which help elevate your mood. Getting your heart rate up for 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week, helps fight depression.
4. Don’t isolate yourself
When depressed, you tend to stay alone. You try not to interact with people as you think this will bring down the mood of your peers as well. At this time, kill those negative thoughts and surround yourself with the people you love. If they’re really close to you, talk to them about it. They might have something good to say to you. And they may have gone through the same thing, so don’t be embarrassed to put yourself out there.
5. Do things which make you happy
If you’re a music fan, listen to upbeat music. If you’re a dancer, dance. If you’re a painter, paint. Do the things you love. Call your friends up, get dressed, wear your best outfit, put on some lipstick and go out for a meal. In short, do everything that you loved doing but have been putting off for quite some time. Spend a day in the spa. Pamper yourself. You need it. Don’t give into the depressed side of you. Go shopping if you like. Basically just do something.
6. Watch a funny TV show or a movie
We all have a pick-me-up movie or a TV show. Something that just makes us smile. Well, I have Friends as my pick up TV show and Confessions of A Shopaholic as my movie. At the end of the day, watch a couple of episodes so that you sleep better and wake up feeling happier.
7. Don’t beat yourself up
Depression is quite common; don’t be hard on yourself if you’re depressed. If you’ve had a good day, reward yourself. If you’ve had a bad day, convince yourself that the next day will be better. Talk to someone about it who knows you.
8. See a therapist
Sometimes, when all this doesn’t help, you need to see a therapist. Don’t be embarrassed. A friend or a family member cannot always pull you up, they may not be able to recognize your problem. A therapist can easily recognize your problem and tell you ways to combat them.
I hope these help you. Remember, you’re never alone. It’s all in your head. You’ll always have people who love you and care for you. Try reaching out to them. And also, baby, you’re a firework! 🙂
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