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What is depression exactly?
For me, depression was a constant state of just existing. Making the motions to get through each day. One foot in front of the other. Reminding myself to breath. One breath in followed by one breath out.
When I would wake up in the morning I would just lay there hiting the snooze button repeatedly hoping something would happen so I would not have to get out of my bed.
When I would get hungry I would think about what there was to eat in the cabinets. If it involved too much work to make it would be out of the question. Sometimes I would just make myself forget I was hungry just to not have to get up.
When a friend would invite me out the want to go out was overwhelming. The actually getting out was non existent. Going out was too much work. Staying home and lounging in my pajamas was easy.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR DEPRESSION
Taking charge of your depression is a commitment to yourself. It isn’t going to be easy and happen just because you want it too. It is going to take work.
Everyone is different. All I can do is tell you what I did in hopes that it does help you. Because my goal is to give you magnificent creatures tidbits of advice to make your life easier. Here are 6 ways to help with your depression and tackle it head on.
I am sure you have heard it before that exercising can improve your happiness due to those pesky hormones raging through your body. Well, it is not just a rumour, so get out there and start moving.
Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.
This could be anything! You could dance for five minutes or you could put on a workout video like Denise Austin and get pumped!
I know therapy sounds like a dirty word but I am serious! One of the best things I ever did was go to therapy. Just being able to talk to someone can take a lot off the mind. Everything is confidential. Therapy is a Judgment free zone! Getting to the root of your depression and being able to move forward a happier person.
#3 WRITE IT OUT
If therapy does not sound like something you would like to do or it is not your thing. You should write it out. My favorite journal that I have used is here. If what you are writing is negative, BURN the writing after you are done as a way to be rid of all that negative energy. It can be very cathartic. [Burn Baby Burn] There is always room for improvement in life. I personally believe in writing out lists of things to do that make you happy. If you need some journal prompts to help you out check out my Pinterest board Journaling.
Music can be cleansing to the soul! Make a playlist and dance a little or a lot! Choose the music you will be listening to very carefully. Just like the saying you are what you eat, you are what you listen to! Spotify is great for having playlists at the ready, with mood-boosting songs. I personally love 80’s Music!
#5 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
I know that changing your mindset is easier said than done, but the mind is a very powerful organ and just changing the way you think, even by a little, can help you in the long run.
Making yourself smile EVEN when you do not want to has an amazing effect on the mind.
For every negative thought, think of two positive thoughts.
#6 DOCTORS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Last, but not least go to the doctor and see if they can help you! I know what you are thinking I don’t need antidepressants! I thought the exact same thing, till one day I was on the couch in the fetal position crying, unsure of what to do. My doctor prescribed Zoloft and I now call that little blue pill, my happy pill. Zoloft is literally serotonin “the happy hormone” in pill form. This does not work overnight, but within a couple of weeks I could definitely tell the difference in my mood, and so could my husband. (:
Consequently, there is no easy fix for depression, it is hard to overcome. Especially if you are on your own with no support. The fact of the matter is at least you are trying!
Repeat that one more time for yourself, YOU ARE TRYING!