The human mind is a wonder of nature and it is capable of producing the best and the worst. There are days you might feel elated and on top of the world and there are days when everything seems dark and troubled. Depression is one of those illnesses that everyone seems to go through at various moments in his existence. Some have a lifelong struggle whilst others have to deal with seasonal affective disorder. There is no single way to help those who suffer from depression. Here are 30 ways to fight and hopeful deal with this debilitating issue.
1. Know your limits: A lot of people get depressed because they don’t understand their lives and tend to do too much. The lack of self awareness can lead to depression and other health problems.
2. Ask for help: There is no need to feel ashamed of asking others to help you carry some of your burdens. If you are a mother/father who is constantly juggling life and children, it is nice to ask other to give you a helping hand. Asking your spouse to help instead of expecting him/her to know that you need assistance is a good idea.
3. Exercise regularly: The human body is designed to take care of itself and you can help fight depression and seasonal affective disorder by doing a bit of daily workout. Cleaning the housing is not the same as going for a brisk walk.
4. Search for the Sun: Some people seem to suffer from seasonal affective disorder during winter. If you can afford it, pack your things and move to a location with more sunlight.
5. Eat a balanced diet: Eating is such a great way to fight depression but you need to keep that in check so that you don’t compound your health issues. A balanced diet can lift your spirit and make your feel good about yourself.
6. Losing weight: If you are obese and you constantly get depressed about finding the appropriate clothing to wear. Going on a diet can do your ego a world of good. You will get compliments from others and it will help fight depression.
7. Have good friends: There are times when all you need to get over a depressing situation are, a good cry and someone who is a good listener. That is why a trusted ally will come in handy.
8. Vacation: There are those who never try to get out of their busy routine because they feel there is so much to do. Taking time off to go on vacation is really great to unwind and reset your mind.
9. Keep a diary or a blog: Writing about how you feel can help you fight depression. A blog or a personal diary can do wonders.
10. Stay away from negative people: This is important because they can bring you down.
11. Quite your job: Stepping away from a stressful but well paying job can improve your health.
12. Avoid isolating yourself: Interacting with others will help you focus on other things and not on your sad situation.
13. Don’t blame others: Playing the blaming game will prevent people from being sympathetic to your plight.
14. Avoid imagining the worst that could happen
15. Talk to your doctor: There are times when you need medical attention to fight depression or to beat seasonal affective disorder.
16. Take any medications as prescribed: Just because you feel better doesn’t mean you should stop halfway through your treatment.
17. Get a pet: Taking care of a little cute animal can lift your spirit and improve your sense of self worth.
18. Live for today: There is no need to worry excessively about the future, because often you can’t do much about it.
19. Don’t expect everyone to understand: Depression is a difficult health issue to understand. If you don’t understand fully what you are going through, it will likely be the same for others.
20. Get sufficient sleep: Depression can make you feel mentally drained and getting sufficient rest is essential.
21. Avoid reading imaginary stories (mills and boons): If your depression is related to finding a soul mate, avoid watching romantic movies and reading romantic novels. There is no need to wallow in self pity.
22. Don’t avoid sexual intimacy: If you have a partner, having energetic sex can be quite good for your mental health.
23. Strive to achieve little goals: Don’t put too much on your plate. Pat yourself on the back for the little things you can do.
24. Be realistic about your situation: Giving yourself time to heal and not comparing yourself to others will help deal with depression.
25. Avoid blaming yourself: Depression can be a guilt trip and blaming yourself for past errors will only make things worse.
26. If you are religious, read some Psalms: Reading prayers set to music can be uplifting for those who believe in God.
27. If you are a believer, pray to God: Pouring your heart to God can also have a calming effect and help you cope with depression or seasonal affective disorder.
28. Be positive and believe that things will get better: A lot has to do with the mind and channeling your thoughts on the brighter side of life can be really helpful.
29. Light therapy: If you cannot go away to a nice sunny location, light therapy has been known to produce good results in people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder.
30. Vitamin supplements: Vitamin D can help fight depression but you need to consult with a doctor before going down this road.