Living with depression is difficult. It is tiring every day waking up and feeling lethargic. Thinking people dislike you and that you are being a bother to everyone around. It’s an invisible illness, so other people tend not to see it unless they are close to you. It feels like you are traveling through a black tunnel and cannot see the light at the end. Everything is a struggle and takes energy to complete. Doing things like housework is a constant battle. Having little interest in anything makes you struggle to complete tasks that other people might find easy.
Depression makes you feel miserable, but it can also zap your energy. There is support for people who struggle with a continuous low mood. Talking to people about how you are feeling helps. It might be worth visiting a counselor or discussing your emotions with a doctor or other health specialist. It’s important not to suffer in silence and to reach out for help when you need it. If you are feeling suicidal, then calling the Samaritans on 116 123 is the best way forward. You can contact the Samaritans by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to talk.
1 Self-help books are excellent for coping techniques.
2 Simple lifestyle changes can make you feel better.
3 Start eating healthier, doing more exercise, or putting lifestyle practices in place.
4 Increase your self-esteem by keeping a diary of negative thoughts, try to challenge these feelings by writing positive details about yourself.
5 Look for peer support groups where people with the same condition help each other.
6 Mindfulness is an excellent way of dealing with hopelessness as it keeps you in the present moment and stops overactive thoughts. Take small steps forward each day and be kind to yourself.
7 Focus on the things that make you content.
8 Avoid alcohol or drugs as these only make you feel worse in the long-term.
9 EFT a technique known as the Emotional Freedom Technique concentrates on the pressure points of the body. It is a natural technique that uses the fingers to tap on the 7 energy centers of the body to bring relief and freedom from trapped energy. It is perfect for mental health conditions like depression.
10 You might need to take antidepressants, although these are not suitable for everybody. There are often side effects with antidepressants so weigh up the pros and cons before taking a course of antidepressant medication.
If you have depression, don’t suffer on your own, find what helps you. More people are aware of how depression affects others these days, and it isn’t swept under the carpet. It’s not something a person should be ashamed of as anybody can experience depression.