The Beast that is Depression
Depression is generally a hard battle to fight. Although we may seem depressed at times, actual depression is different from just the general sadness we feel.
Depression is a mental illness that shapes the way you behave, the way you think and the way you act. If you have depression, the tendency is that you lose interest in the things you used to be excited about.
It’s constantly living in the gray area and constantly losing your motivation and drive to do things. It’s being distant with all of your friends because you “think” your depression and emotional ups and downs are a burden to them.
The only constant thing when you have depression is feeling this numbness and emptiness inside of you that somehow becomes a part of you.
However, even if you find that you suffer from depression, there are still a variety of things you can do to kick depression’s ass and fight it!
With this being said, Here are 15 ways to help you manage your battle with depression:
1.Focus On Your Hobbies And Interests
One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is do things you love. I know that depression can take away your excitement for your interests, but fight as hard as you can to do your hobbies whether it be as simple as watching Netflix or start that blog you been thinking about. This helps distract your mind from your mood and can help you get motivated to do more thing.
2.Write Your Thoughts
One of my favorite coping mechanisms for depression is writing down what you feel, aka journaling. Write down everything, whether these are irrational thoughts or not, you tend to realize what’s real and isn’t when choosing to journal. Our thoughts can be one of the main sources of our depression, and we have to let those thoughts go in order to make positive progress for our mental well being.
3.Feel What You Feel
Whatever you’re feeling, let yourself feel these emotions in a healthy manner. You put more stress and pressure on yourself when you try to feel okay when you aren’t. Simply let yourself be and accept your emotions as they are, then afterward, that’s when you attempt to move forward. Give yourself permission to be in your feels! The goal is to process your feelings, then reflect on them by beating yourself up about it.
4.Trick Your Brain
Shitty low vibrating thoughts consume your mind like crazy when you are depressed. The trick is the moment you realize that your mind is feeding you lies, immediately think of the opposite. Our thoughts aren’t always accurate and more often than not, our darkest thoughts come from a place of fear and insecurity. So the next time your brain tells you something negative, combat it with a positive thought. This will take a while to master but once you do, it’s incredibly powerful.
Physical activity releases endorphins and dopamine in your body which are the hormones responsible for making you feel good. By going to the gym, engaging in sports or even going for a walk you are helping your body release this happy juju! So roll out of bed and get moving!
6. Be A Goal Gangsta
Another way to kick depression to the curb is to set clear obtainable goals for yourself. They can be as simple as “spend 10 minutes outside this morning” or “clean the bathroom today”. Starting small makes it easier for you to complete them. It will also slowly motivate you to complete bigger, more meaningful goals. It’ll feel good to check something off you “to-do list ” each day, so start small and expand from there!
7.Take A Trip
Studies show that exposure to the sun can boost your overall mood and energy, and can give you a sense of relaxation and happiness. Whether it’s taking a trip to the beach or go full-blown vacation mode, going out and having a change of scenery always helps in fighting depression. So plan a trip somewhere sunny and soak up those rays of love!
8.Find A Reason To Laugh
Whether it’s watching a good ol’ rom-com on Netflix or doing something silly on your own, you should find more reasons to laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine, especially in fighting off your depression. Try not to take yourself too serious, always remember to smile- even on the days where you want to tell the world to fuck off.
9.Spend Time With People You Love
Although depression can cause you to withdraw from your loved ones, it’s so important to surround yourself with love. Your friends and family all care about you so try to give them a chance to be there for you while you are going through this. Being surrounded by love is one of the best ways to fight depression naturally.
10. Find Something To Believe In
Depression is infamous for being a thief of hope. Don’t let it win! Consider finding something that helps restore your hope and faith in life. Whether it’s finding a new religion or just honing in on your learning more about your spirituality. As long as it is creating positive thoughts and giving you hope to keep pushing forward, go for it!
11.Try Something New
Finding a new hobby to take interest in helps you get out of your own head and find new things you can enjoy in your own company. This makes you discover new things about yourself that you may have never realized before. You can also start small by trying a new food or restaurant or experimenting with a new hairstyle. Whatever it is, just be open to enjoying the moment.
12.Create a routine
The ugly face of depression can make you lose a sense of control and disrupt your daily life, which is why creating a routine you can stick to can help break this cycle. This regains some sense of control in your life without depression ruining your flow. Make of list of morning routine, then execute! Do the same with your evening routine as well. Stick to the list and push yourself on those days where you feel like stir-fried shit. You got this, girl!
Helping others with their problems or in whichever way possible is one of the most selfless act you act to do. Depression has a tendency to make everything focused on yourself and helping others breaks that cycle. Not to mention, it just feels so good to do something nice for someone else. Try volunteering at a shelter or offer your emotional support to a friend who needs you. It will be a win-win for both of you.
14. Practice Gratitude
Depression sucks, it can make us feel like we have nothing going for us. Allow me to be the first to tell you, that’s just not true! We all have something to be grateful for, and being in a constant state of gratitude helps us become more appreciative of what we already have. This will uplift your mood, and also help you realize just how favored by the universe you truly are.
15.Talk to someone
It could be talking to a therapist or your best friend, you have to vocalize your emotions to someone that understands. By repressing your emotions, this could worsen your depression. Be sure that you have someone there to listen to when you need it.
You Can Do This!
Honestly, depression may be the hardest battle you’re going to fight, but trust me when I say, you can fight this and whoop-ass in the process! Fuck those self-damaging thoughts! They don’t own you and you have the strength to conquer like the warrior, you are!
If you haven’t already, make sure you talk to a mental health professional about your depression. Medication and therapy are available for anyone who truly needs it.
If you are not sure where to start, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administrative. They have help available 24/7 and can help you find mental health professionals in your area.