4-5 Reasons Why Millennials Are Depressed

Hi there, and welcome back to my website “Slaying Your Depression”. My name is Nathan, today I’m going to be going over reasons why millennials are depressed. Hopefully this will give some insight to people trying to get a perception why Millennials are depressed. Being a millennial myself I can definitely say the struggle has been real absolutely. I can see why many millennials end up with depression and seeking help, we are literally a generation screaming out for help, but no one is listening, like the boy who cried wolf. It is my mission to send light in this dark world, to educate who are willing to seek out the truth, be a role model for all people who are accepting their depression and make them realize that its not just them who is dealing with this battle.

Money

Of course I would top this one on top of my list. Being a millennial we are broke, the cost of living has increased significantly, while the wages hasn’t seen the same inflation. Cost of food has gone up, being from Toronto, rent is absolutely out of this world high, we have student/ unsecured debt. Us as a generation we are doing everything we can to just try to survive especially for us that had to work for everything in their lives. We are working even harder to earn a dollar; having a main hustle and a side hustle. We are exhausted, frustrated, mad, sad, anxious- Can you see why money would be a contributor to depression among millennials?

Ever since my early 20’s I have felt depression because I felt like I’m falling behind for my future, I know for a fact ill be taking care of my mom when she becomes an elder, not having money to put away for a rainy day/ emergency funds. These things stress a person out and it creates a vicious circle that will eventually damage our spirits and put us in the dark place aka depression. I have felt these emotions and feelings for a long time because of money. The one thing I will say, is that we are persistent and we won’t stop fighting for what we deserve in our lives. To the millennials, never give up on your dreams, and to hustle hard to get those dreams and aspirations. To the other generations, I thank you for trying to understand what can stress and depress a millennial, lets keep going and ill explain more.

Money

Events Around The World

With the political and economic climate around the world so volatile, this is definitely a reason why I feel depression myself. Yesterday an attack happened on a Mosque in New Zealand- 49 killed. Makes me wonder what is to become of this world? why is there a rise in nationalism? Why is there so much hatred and racism? Extremism? Its hearing stories that covered on subjects like mass shootings- killing of innocents that makes me lose faith in humanity. If its not nationalists that are terrorizing immigrants and people of colour, its other extremists that are terrorizing the rest of the us. It sounds like a war that can’t be beaten, because of ignorance and difference of perception.

Events around the world

Climate Change is another one of those ongoing events around the world that could contribute to a millennials depression. Our world is falling apart, animals are going extinct, the polar ice caps are melting with the earth heating up more, there is a ridiculous amount of pollution on land, in our oceans and water. Yet majority of this world is in denial, or has yet to make a difference. There was a march of children and adults that walked out of there work and schooling today to make a point that we have to start caring about the environment and actually give a crap about climate change.

Government and Government Officials- yet another thing around the world that could affect a millennials emotional well-being. Ever since my province here in Canada has voted in a conservative government. The amount of protesting I have seen because of a program being cut, altered, or giving no-viable options has increased. With what is happening down in the United States, the political divide; is starting to trickle here into Canada as well. Not Canada alone, but across the world. I don’t mean to get political or intend to change your ideology, I’m just trying to give a perception what could contribute to depression to a millennial. These are real things that we stress about, including myself.

Events around the world government

I think this subject can be felt across all generations not just millennials alone; WAR! For many centuries, we as the human race have been in constant wars since the beginning of time. There was always a reason for our species to be at each others throats. Power, Difference in beliefs, a misunderstanding, or because of extremism like genocide of the Jewish faith as an example (Hitler’s Germany). I’ve seen many wars being fought from every level on this planet, on the playground, in the halls of high school, in the work environment, on the streets. We are destructive sentient lifeforms in this universe. Which is hard to watch, spread the love not hatred. Seeing this all this constant fighting has contributed to my own depression as a millennial, because as much as I want to help people, there are people on this earth who is doing the complete opposite. I firmly believe that war and government correspond with each other, it is after all their choices that have an impact on events in this world, right?

Events around the world war

Obtaining Experience/Job In Chosen Career Path

I feel like this is the most frustrating thing a millennial will go through. I can name the countless times trying to get experience for my hospitality background, but I lacked the qualifications needs to obtain a job. Being from Alberta with essentially only chain restaurants and not having any experience in Toronto restaurants didn’t help either. We are put into this vicious circle of trying to get experience to get a better job and being denied many times because the older generation refuses to retire to make room for fresh new talent or because the standard is raised even higher than 10 years ago.

On top of that, not only is it hard to gain experience, but our pay suffers too, making us feel worth less than what we worked our asses off for. I almost think of it as modern slavery. If I was going to give anyone any piece of advice, is remained persistent and keep aiming for the stars and follow your dreams. Just because something doesn’t come right away to you doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. Be patient and things will fall into place. You will get that job, you will gain experience and knowledge regardless where you are at in life or in your career. Keep your chin up millenials if you are one!

Obtaining exp/job in career field

Post Secondary Education

University and College is just one of things that stresses any individual out, but for millenials if been pretty rough for us. Cost of schooling has increased, getting a job or 2 jobs just to feed yourself and pay your bills, eating unhealthy because your poor, substance and alcohol use, sexual assault, and staying up late to cram or study for that big exam.

Just describing those alone brings back memories for me and I can honestly say, fearing of the unknown definitely made me depressed, there would be days I wouldn’t even want to get out of bed to go to one of my classes because the stress of school literally got to me, I was also taking a nursing program which quite a lot of pressure as well. Got to know your stuff. Which eventually lead me to quitting my program, and on top of that I was emotionally compromised because of me being very sensitive and empathetic.

Any person that is going through school, please remember that there is an end goal, and it won’t last for long, if you’re not in your freshman year. Dropping out is never the answer, finish what you started. Even if you have the darkest of days! You Matter!

Post Secondary Education

Conclusion

Being a millennial sucks, but being a depressed millennial sucks even more. I hope this gives you some insight what could be depressing a millennial you may know. I want to thank you for reading my content and I will finish by saying! You Matter, You are loved and its never too late to seek out help out for yourself. I also wanted to add, another reason why millennials are potentially depressed is because the home market is extremely hot making it next to impossible to attain a home, especially in the bigger cities like Toronto or Vancouver. Its like you have to sell your kidney and legs to get a permanent home nowadays! Anyways finishing up! Take care and another content release soon in the future!

Yours Truly,

Nathan

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Alternative Depression Treatments That Work!

Hello there. Welcome back to my website “Slay Your Depression”. My name is Nathan. Today I’m going to be talking about alternative depression treatments that could potentially aid you in Slaying Your Depression.

As most of us know or could agree. Everyday life is affecting our mental state. We are not dealing with our mental illnesses effectively. I want to share some alternative depression treatments that aided me in slaying my own depression and developing more healthy coping mechanisms.

I want to help you slay yours; because everyone deserves to live a happy and fulfilled life. This is 2019 and we need to break the stigma behind mental illness; start dealing with our mental health. The body can’t live without the mind, and when the mind is sick, the body gets sick- mental health is just as important as physical health. Let’s get the Cortisol stress levels down and get ourselves grounded!

Alternative Depression Treatments

Get Out Into Nature, Get Grounded!

One of those remedies that doesn’t cost a single cent. Simply just getting outside, going for walk in a park with trees to see, smell of grass, feeling the sunlight hit you skin, it’s all about building that connection with nature. What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you smell? Essentially giving your senses a taste of nature haha- figuratively speaking. When I was slaying my own depression, connecting with nature is just one of those things that I found helped.

When I was living in Alberta, Canada my favourite was going to the mountains, and getting myself grounded back onto this beautiful place we call Earth. Like seeing the force of Athabasca Falls, feeling the mist hit you face; Such Power! Smelling of trees, flowers and vegetation in season. Seeing Wildlife! One of my favorite Alternative Depression Treatments to do still to this day, give me a Spotify playlist of great music and get lost in nature, experience- feel!

Since moving to Toronto 3 years ago, I don’t get to enjoy the mountains as much, however you just got to find what’s around you, and utilize that. I love hitting up the beaches and going on adventures outside the city as an example. If you don’t have such a luxury, start with parks and beaches, simply just being outside! You got this! I believe in you!

Get out into nature, get grounded

 

De-Cluttering and Organizing Your Surroundings

It wasn’t up until recent that I realized that your surroundings could have effect your mental health. I myself live in a 2 bedroom with a wonderful roommate in downtown Toronto, so definitely not a lot of space, and privacy however; it’s somewhere to lay my head and be grateful I have something over my head. What I couldn’t believe is how much stuff that wasn’t serving a purpose to me anymore, I was still keeping! It was mind boggling for me, it was no wonder I was feeling some emotions with our apartment because of the clutter.

When I de-cluttered and organized my own room, I felt a bit disappointed in myself because I was finding important documents and papers everywhere, I held onto things that no longer served a purpose, and clothes that no longer fit me, were not acceptable to wear because of my age or because they were frayed.

Despite feeling that disappointment, when I reached the end goal of organizing and de-cluttering my room, that feel of relief and negative emotionals feeling like they just disappeared. Just feeling good about doing something to your every day environment, raises you mood. Its hard work, but it’s one of the greatest alternative depression treatment I would recommend to ANYONE! Hands Down! Thank what served you a purpose at some point of you life and carry on!

I would with upmost recommend doing this to you surroundings.
Cut the excess!

Decluttering and Organzing Your Surrounding

Personal Development, Work On Yourself!

One thing I found that kept me in such a slump of depression, was not working on myself. Sending out to the universe that things would magically happen. Let’s face it– nobody got anywhere without putting in hard work. Depending on your hopes and dreams isn’t enough alone. There has to be work done on yourself to reach you dreams and aspirations.

When I got out on my own, I think most of us can agree it was never easy to learn to be an adult. Finding a career path we want to take and pursue, going to school, or learning to just be an adult like Laundry and Dishes, because we don’t have the comfort of our parents anymore, we got to expand and learn to take care of ourselves now. I’ve always strongly believed that educating ourselves for whatever the subject matter is fundamental, but learning how to apply it to your life is just as crucial. You can be book smart but you got to be life smart as well which means working on taking action as well. A big helper in getting my life more in order.

For a good portion of my life, I can honestly say- I felt stuck. Felt like I was wandering this world aimlessly and not sure of my future. I was also facing some huge adversities such a drug addiction, alcohol abuse, financial issues, and relationship issues. It wasn’t till I moved to Toronto– took a leap of faith to better myself, I realized that I needed to work on myself big time! Essentially it was my wake up call to do more for myself to keep learning about my field, my craft, and myself. Now here I am, writing this to you– Sharing my story! So always remember to work on yourself, you can work hard in any aspect of you life, but the main thing to remember is always work on yourself, to quote Severus Snape from Harry Potter “Always”

Personal Developement, Work On Yourself

Meditation, Uhhmmmmmm! Namaste!

Uhhhmmmmmm! Yes you heard correctly, Meditation has been known to help aid people who suffer with depression! The point of meditating is to focus on your breathing and purging the bad thoughts that stress us out. Also, to connect with ourselves and become conscious of our thoughts and learning to manage them.

One simple exercise I do, is simply sitting there, letting go the tension within you body–essentially going limp, deep breathing and focusing on breathing in and out. Simply doing so for 20-40 minutes is so beneficial and so damn refreshing. Every time I mediate, I finish with a smile on face. Because the worrisome thoughts are just a little less painful. So I encourage anyone to try meditation as an alternative depression treatment. You’ll definitely see a difference in you mood and overall feeling.

I think it’s safe to say that this technique for depression treatment has been used for years to purge certain feeling, thought and become more aware of ourselves– like Buddhist monks. There is nothing wrong with showing weakness and understanding you own weaknesses within ourselves. Give it a try! You’ll never know what you might find about yourself just by meditating. Namste!

Meditation-Uhhhmmmmm!

Conclusion

I hope these Alternative Depression Treatments, will give you aid in Slaying Your Depression! They’ve certainly worked for me and I want them to work for you as well! Time to be happy and fulfilled– because life is too short to not experience the best things in life. Slay Your Depression, Slay!

Thank you again for listening! As always, remember that you are loved, you matter and it’s never too late to seek the help out for yourself, and live the life you deserve! Feel free to comment or contact me directly!

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Yours Truly and Best Wishes,

Nathan

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Depression Among LGBTQ

Hello welcome back to Slay Your Depression, my name is Nathan and I’m going to be covering the topic of Depression Among LGBTQ. Depression is one of those mental illnesses that’s popping up not only with LGBTQ Adults but also Youth as well.

Being a CIS gay man myself I’ve definitely encountered the adversities of societies bigotry for being LGBTQ. I grew up in Northern Alberta, Canada- If I was to put Alberta into an analogy, it’s the Texas of Canada- Redneck, Suppressed, and good beef haha. So I think you have a basic idea what I was encountering when I was living there. High School was a nightmare, I was called gay, faggot, pretty much every worse word in the book for being LGBTQ, ironically enough I wasn’t even out of the closet at the time, because I wasn’t accepting of myself and I didn’t want to let my haters have the last laugh.

I even encountered prejudice and bigotry as an adult after I came out as well. I think you can take the assumption what builds up to having depression and being LGBTQ growing up.

Depression Among LGBTQ

What can Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ?

Rejection Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

Rejection from Family and Friends can contribute to depression among LGBTQ. When family rejects a LGBTQ’s sexuality, it’s been highly reported that LGBTQ are more likely to become depressed, use drugs and alcohol, perform unprotected sex and suicide attempts. There are many variables why a LGBTQ might get rejected. I have nothing against religions, and I respect all beliefs, from an observer’s perspective, Religion is an example, most religions condemn homosexuality.

If you know someone who is coming out to you, support them, love them, cry with them; because this is the make or break, this is where the individual will choose to keep you in their lives or not, because LGBTQ have no tolerance for people who aren’t going to accept them for who they are, I cut those people out of my life right away.

I was so grateful to have my own mother accept me for who I was, she said to me “Nathan I don’t care if you’re gay, you’re my son I love you regardless who and what you are”, my father took a bit more time but he eventually pulled through, I guess the idea of having a gay son frightened him and being from an Old World Country it made sense why he wasn’t accepting at first.

Rejection contributes to depression among lgbtq

Hatred/Bigotry Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

There have been studies that a LGBTQ was likely to suffer from Depression when faced with stigma and discrimination. Remember what I mentioned above in my intro, I was called all the derogatory names for being a LGBTQ in High School, I was lucky enough not to encounter physical altercations being a structured man however, this is what it basically translates into. Experiencing Hate Crimes, like Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Death Threats, being treated like a second class citizen.

I can definitely say being treated like this, can definitely put a LGBTQ in a dark place. When you have the world attacking you for being who you are, I would be depressed too and I did experience depression because I was different. Basically this point speaks for itself, DON’T BE AN (INSERT WORD HERE), be kind, show compassion and be empathetic. Education is important to counteracting the hate and bigotry.

Hatred contributes to depression among lgbt

Abusive Relationships Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

I think this is something that anyone can encounter in their lifetime. I personally haven’t been in an abusive relationship myself, however I have had friends I met along the way in the LGBTQ community that were- in such horrible positions.

I used to hear of stories what their partner would say or do to them- beat them, emotionally put them down, spit on them. Every time I hear things like this one movie I compare it to is Sleeping With The Enemy with Julia Roberts. Making them feel so worthless that they stay with that partner, emotionally or physically hurting them because they did something that made their partner angry, and/or trying to escape from that person and not succeeding.

Feeling stuck essentially. Its pretty obvious why it could contribute to someone’s depression that’s part of the LGBTQ community or any community for that matter.

Abusive Relationships Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

Substance/Alcohol Abuse Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

I believe this is one of the biggest problems we as LGBTQ people encounter a lot of the time. I have other LGBTQ friends who are dealing with their substance abuse and alcoholism. Not sure if it’s a cultural thing or happens because we go through many adversities.

I have a friend who is going through rehabilitation and suffers from a neurological disorder as well, he was telling me that with being a recovering addict and being sufferer of a certain disease that it’s been extremely difficult to cope. Can’t say I don’t blame him, I’m a recovering narcotic and cocaine addict myself and suffer with a neurological condition as well. Some days I just want to call up somebody and get a couple grams and snort a big dirty rail, but in the end, I think to myself “Is it really worth it to waste 2 years of sobriety?”. Of course, I don’t do it, because I want to see better for myself, I don’t want to be letting down the people in my life.

The first step for this particular subject understanding that you have a problem, after that it’s up to you if you want to kick the “habit” or not.

Substance/Alcohol Abuse Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

Conclusion

There can be many other contributors to Depression Among LGBTQ but these are some things that put me in a very depressing state throughout my early adulthood and being a LGBTQ man myself.

Learn to recognize the problems within your life, talk to someone you can trust and them being unbiased, and look for ways to get yourself back to where you were. Always remember that you’re loved, you matter and if you’re suffering, it’s never too late to seek out help for yourself. Thanks for listening to my story and hopefully gives some perspective.

Depression Among LGBTQ

Yours Truly,

Nathan

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Depression Signs and Symptoms

Hello there, and welcome back to my website Slay Your Depression. Today I’m going to be going over the signs and symptoms of depression.

Whether you are a person suffering with depression or someone who knows someone goes through depression, this will be informative and hopefully helping; at least try to understand.

Depression Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms

So in this part of the post, I will talk about the common symptoms of depression and how it affects people suffering with depression. For those people who are trying to understand someone suffering with depression this will give you some insight how a person might feel or act.

Trouble Concentrating, Remembering Details, Fatigue, and Making Decisions- As a person who does suffer from depression myself- the fatigue was the real killer for me. There would be days when I would feel like I wouldn’t even want to get out bed, but I would force myself get out of bed, becauseTrouble Concetrating well- got to work and pay my bills. When I was at work, my concentration, remembering details and making decisions was terrible; being a hospitality professional this is imperative. For those educating themselves, be patient with the person.

Feeling Guilt, Worthlessness, Helplessness- Most of the time it’s the depression manifesting, however I felt each one of these- especially the helplessness, I felt like nothing could help me not even my friends or family. Then that trickles down in to feeling worthlessness, feeling like you not worth anything to this world. One thing to remember for the suffers is that YOU ARE WORTH IT! You might feel like you not worth anything but you are! For those educating themselves, remember to tell that person that they are valued as it will give them validation that everything will be okay.

Pessimism and Hopelessness- As said in my last post, I was told by co-workers and friends that I was very negative. I would complain essentially about everything, at the time I was working at a very new fancy restaurant downtown Toronto and I had my hospitality mentor now, manager back in the day sit me down and tell me that I needed to correct this behaviour as other co-workers were saying that they did not enjoy working with me because I was so pessimistic.

I felt so bad, because I realized that I’m ruining the environment, someones business, felt some mad guilt. Got to say when my mentor made me see the light, one emotion I particularly felt was
hopelessness.Pessmissim For example that situation, I felt hopeless that I wouldn’t change, and hopeless that I wouldn’t win back the trust of my team. Try to see the light and be conscious of your actions. For those educating themselves, I suggest sitting the person down going through a list of what a person might be doing but not entirely aware of it; an epiphany moment.

More Symptoms, Can you believe?

Insomnia, Early Wakefulness or Sleeping Too Much- I still have problems with this one. However, being so numb somedays you either just want to stay awake, almost like feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day, or just want to sleep and hope whatever you’re feeling just goes away. When I was a bit younger, all I wanted to do was sleep, I would spend days in bed at a time, not even eating. Depression is one of those mental illnesses that just puts you in such a dark place hence sleep.

Irritability- Of course we have things that irritate us throughout our days, however someone who is suffering with depression, it can come off as Irritabilityaggressive. I still have things myself that depress me, and there can be days when I get irritated more than easily, but with me working on my personal development and being conscious of it, I’m working towards being more positive in my life. Those educating themselves on depression, it’s another matter of being patient with that person, somedays we feel like we are mad at that world or ourselves, but it does pass. Give them space as well.

Restlessness- I firmly believe restlessness corresponds with the insomnia and sleeping too much. When awake you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day and that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to relax, because the thoughts are racing, and when the thoughts are racing it definitely contributes to the insomnia. It’s felt at the physical level as well. It’s exhausting but implement positive changes in your life, like organizing your time and dealing with issue that are affecting your emotional state. Those educating themselves, encourage positive changes for the person suffering, give resources on organizing.

Lost of interest in things that were pleasurable- Over the years I have noticed that I lost a lot of interest in things that were once enjoyable to me. Lost in Interest in things that were once pleasureableEven though you might think you lost them, everything that is lost is meant to be found. Even if you lost interest in certain things, definitely try new things, you should want to have interests in your life that brings happiness to yourself. It lowers the feels of the depression.

Crazy how many symptoms manifest!?

Overeating/ or appetite loss- Oh this one is hitting me in the feels right now. For most of my life I’ve always had a rotten relationship with food. Because of the adversities I faced in my life I often ate my feelings. Something I still struggle with to this day. However, I’m conscious of my problem with food and my emotions. You have to become aware of it on your own time, another epiphany moment. There were days when I didn’t want to eat at all however I’m definitely a struggler with overeating more with this symptom.

Digestive/GI Tract Problems- Another symptom I think corresponds with Overeating or Appetite Loss. Because of my overeating symptom, I don’t have the best of gut health. With us people who suffer from depression, we eat too DIgestion/GI Tractmuch or eat too little and that sends our bodies into haywire. My suggestion is try to get your vitamins and minerals, drink lots of water, and get probiotics to help with the good bacteria. Diet is a huge contribute to slaying your depression.

Suicidal Thoughts or Attempts- Back in 2014, when my depression was at it’s peak. I often thought about killing myself or jumping off the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta where I was living at the time. I was also in a very difficult situation as well. I was un-diagnosed sick with a nuerological condition- where I was constant sick or fatigued, had issues with roommates- difficulty finding a place to live, and also some pretty bad substance abuse as well. With all these things it was no wonder I had these thoughts, my work at the time sought out counsel for me, I went to my doctor, and all I wanted to do was sleep or kill myself. I put my own mother and friends through hell!

My suggestion is try to be conscious of these thoughts or attempts, because the moment that you succeed you are hurting the friends and family within your life.

 

Depression Signs

There are certain signs that you can tell when a person is depressed. Every watch a cheesy RomCom and the dude walks away from the girl, and he’s sitting in his apartment or house on the couch with a coffee table full of garbage and watching TV. This was certainly one sign my friends and family had noticed that I was depressed because I was such a slob. When your personal appearance starts to fall, that should be a sign that something is going on mentally.

Persistent Sadness is another sign. One thing I always and I means always get asked, even to this day is “Are you okay?” because I always had this sad look to my face, of course I was sad but I would hide it from the people that love me. Because I couldn’t stand the idea of burdening other people.

Isolation is another sign you should look at for yourself or the person you’re trying to understand. With me working in hospitality working with people can be certainly exhausting, so retreating is not a bad thing. It’s when you don’t socialize with people, don’t answer your phone, any communications ceased and just stay where your put. For people educating themselves, if you notice a certain person isn’t much in your life. You should check on them or attempt to get them out of their home.

Anxiety is another common sign that someone is depressed. Low self-worth can lead to anxiety. People suffering worry about their personal and professional future. They may feel certain that they are likely to fail at both. Feelings of anxiety may be absent in severely depressed individuals who give up altogether. They might be unable to dwell upon the consequences of their choices. I firmly believe that depression also corresponds with anxiety.

Reckless Behaviour is another sign someone is depressed. Risky behaviour in people who are usually cautious can occur. Finances might be affected by impulsive spending and investments. Dangerous adventure trips, indiscreet sexual activity, and substance abuse are possible. Loved one’s might fear for the person’s safety.

Talking about the risks will likely be ineffective, and the person might get angry. Even though talking about their reckless behaviour is ineffective, this is another epiphany moment, they have to realize that they are reckless.

Conclusion

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Of course depression manifests differently in everybody however I hope this gives someone insight what a depressed person might be going through. Thank you for listening to my story.

To those educating themselves I hope this gives you some insight what a person might be going through. To those that are depressed, remember you’re loved and becoming conscious of your disease will help you towards dealing with your depression.

Yours Truly,

Nathan

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Coping Skills For Depression, Slay the blues!

Hello, Welcome back to my website Slaying Your Depression. In this article, I’m going to be talking about coping skills for depression and what we can do to slay those blues away. Get you back to your former happy self.

Coping Skills For Depression

REACH OUT AND GET CONNECTED

One thing I find when dealing with depression is reaching out to someone who is going to be unbiased and listen to what you have to say. Dealing with depression on your own can be extremely difficult to maintain a healthy perspective, and sustain the effort to fighting the depression. At the very same time the nature of depression can make it difficult to reach to people in the first place.

When you are depressed reaching out can be proven difficult because you might be ashamed, guilty, or just plain exhausted to talk about it. Keeping in touch with people in your life such as your family and friends will make the world of a difference.

You want to partake in Social Activities as it will help with your mood and ease the pain. Reaching out to other people be not a sign of weakness, it is STRENGTH! The people in your life care for you and want to see you be happy. And if you DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO TURN TO, it is never too late to build a larger social circle or reach out to support resources.

How To Reach Out To People?

Look For People Who Really Care And Feel Safe To Talk To – These people should be good listeners, and are not going to judge you because of your mental illness.Look For People Who Really Care And Feel Safe To Talk To

You want someone who is compassionate and understanding of your situation.

Make Person To Person A Priority- We live in a time when technology makes it so much more convenient to stay in touch with people but there’s no authenticity behind it anymore. The simple act of talking to someone face to face about your depression can actually contribute to depression relief.

Supporting Others – The simple act of even helping others can bring relief as well. It’s nice to receive support but research has shown that even helping someone else out can increase your mood. Big or small. Could be a listening ear, or a random act of kindness.

Get A Pet – While nothing can’t top human interaction, having a pet can create companionship and a loving relationship. When I got an animal myself I found that it brought me joy and made me feel a little less isolated and alone.    Get a petCaring for an animal can really get you out of comfort zone and give you a sense of feeling needed and wanted which in my opinion is one of the best anti-depressants! You should want to feel needed and wanted!

Join A Support Group – I know what you’re thinking, “why would I go to a bunch of random strangers and discuss my depression?” Well believe it or not, joining a group who are suffering just as equally can reduce the isolation feeling. You can be inspiration for other people, give and receive advice and sharing Your story.

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DO THINGS THAT BRING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS

One thing I found with coping with depression, is doing things that make you happy or brings joy to Your life. It could be things you used to do or things you’re currently interested in. Even when you’re depressed, you should push yourself into doing something. You might be surprised how better you feel after doing an activity you enjoy. Do something out of your norm, like picking up a sport, new hobbies, or travelling somewhere new.

SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH

Get a good solid 8 hours sleep – We know that depression often involves sleep problems but attempting to get a good nights rest can often contribute to a better mood and lessen feels of depression. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleep habits.

Figure Out What Is Stressing You Out- Not only does stress prolong depression it keeps you depressed. So you need to find what stresses you in your life and attempt to cut it out of your life. Toxic People? Cut them out. Toxic Environment? GET OUT! Money Issues? These are just some examples what everyday people encounter on a regular basis.

Learn Relaxing Techniques- This sounds easier than done, but Rome wasn’t built overnight. Meditation has been a key relaxing technique I learned that aided in dealing with my own depression. This is just one example. Other things that you can try is Yoga, Deep Breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation. All these techniques have been proven to increase your mood, reduce stress and lessen the symptoms of your depression.

Create a Wellness Box- It doesn’t have to be anything specific but it should be activities that you should enjoy. Example, I love to go for long walks listening to music, going swimming, or reading a good book.

Support Your Health

GET UP AND GETTING MOVING

Exercise has been proven that it can aid in dealing with depression, creating endorphins also known as the “happy hormone” Getting up and moving is one of those depression killers out there to aid in slaying your depression.

Being tired will improve when you stick with it- Exactly what I said. When you stick with it and create a routine, the tired will fade and the energy will go up. It’s like a weight scale, the more you add, the scale will balance in that favour.

Find a rhythmic activity- When dealing with my depression, I found lifting weights was my forte. Get the music going, and just slay lifting some decently heavy dumbbells. Other activities I could recommend would be things like the Elliptical, Running, Fast Walking, Aerobics, Spin Classes, Swimming or even Dancing – like Salsa. The activity should also be continuous as well. So find what works for you, and know Your limitations.

Get an activity partner- I highly believe in having a partner to accompany you. It should be someone you can trust, be transparent, compassionate and someone who is open. It’s a double win, because not only could you talk to this person what your are feeling but you get to slay at an activity you enjoy. Best of both worlds!

Add a mindfulness element- Especially if your depression is rooted in unresolved trauma or fed by obsessive, negative
thoughts. Focus on how you feel as you move, such as the sensation of Your feet on the ground, or the rhythm of Your breathing.

Get up Get Moving

CHALLENGE THE EVIL NEGATIVITY

This is probably the hardest thing to do, to turn your already negative mindset to a more positive one. Feelings of feeling hopeless, powerless, weak – these are all things that depression manifest. When these thoughts overwhelm you, its important to remember that they aren’t realistic, this is a mental illness, and they are the symptoms of the depression.

Learn to recognize speaking negativity- This was an especially tough one for me to recognize within myself, to the point that it affected relationships with other people. It eventually came to a point that I had people tell me straight up that I’m very pessimistic. So when you start to recognize some things that you are saying that are negative, attempt to talk in a more positive mindset, this is imperative, because when you think negative- you attractive negative, simply as that.

Don’t let one bad experience hold you down- The unfortunate thing about life is that we have all up and downs. People who suffer from depression feel this a bit differently. We have one bad experience and wonder “What the heck am I doing wrong?” and it frickin’ haunts us for days at times. Try not to overgeneralize on one negative experience, it won’t hold true forever.

Jumping to Conclusions- You should know your facts before you start jumping to conclusions. This is something I still suffer with, I am a people person, and a bit socially awkward however, I jump to conclusions that people don’t like me, I am not doing a good enough job, or I am disappointing someone. So make sure you know your facts before making assumptions/conclusions.

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve/ Should not, Could not, Would not- This is all too familiar to me. Holding yourself to a strict rules of do’s and don’ts- then beating yourself up for it. You should never feel guilty in the choices you make in this world. We all make certain choices for a reason- an escape, to better ourselves, to be more transparent. Remember to never beat yourself up because you made a choice for yourself.

CHALLENGE THE EVIL NEGATIVITY

CONCLUSION

I hope this is a help to anyone that is in the works of slaying there depression. Remember you matter, there are people out there that care and love you. Together we will end the stigma on mental health and start living our best lives.

Conclusion

If you have any questions, concerns, or more info please don’t hesitate to comment below or message me.

nathan@slayyourdepression.com

Yours truly,

Nathan 🙂

nathan@slayyourdepression.com

Medical Disclaimer- The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Nathan

Hi there, my name is Nathan and welcome to my Slay Your Depression website. About Nathan

Depression has been an adversity I’ve faced my entire life. Over the years I have purchases products and learned skills that I found aided in managing depression. Growing up talking about mental illness was a huge stigma which made it extremely difficult to reach out or seek treatment. Presently it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will suffer from some form of mental illness (e.g Depression)

I want to end the stigma on mental health and for it to be taken more seriously.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about depression, how it affects us, techniques, products and person experience perspective that could aid in your fight with depression. I want to offer others insight into many of these, as well provide updated tips, techniques and products that real people are using these days.

MY SLAYING STORY

I’ve probably been depressed for practically most of my life. Unfortunately I was face with adversities more than the average person. I was bullied in school, I had no friends, I have been homeless, battled addiction, didn’t have the best home life as a youth and substance abuse – you get the idea.

These were the cards that were dealt to me and definitely put me in a dark place, because like they say “Stuff Happens” Am I right?

I realized 1/4 into my 20s that feeling this way is something I never want to feel like; dark, empty, day to day, sad, stuck. It’s when I started taking a more active role in my mental health for a better well-being that I’ve noticed a difference in the intensity of my depression. Depression is like a roller coaster though, you’re going to have good days and bad days like everyone else but doesn’t mean you can’t take action to make it hurt just a little bit less.

 

WHY I WANT TO HELP THE SLAYERS

Why do I want to help the fighters? Because we’ve been through the most stuff in life and I want to be a beacon of light for people suffering from depression, and acknowledge that it is okay to talk and manage your depression. I want people to live a fulfilling life and get back that ray of sunshine that was blacked out from the darkness. Everyone deserves a fair chance at being happy in life – End of story.

 

GOAL FOR THE SLAYERS

The purpose of the website is for people who suffer from depression or mental illnesses applicable to find techniques, tips and products that could aid in your fight.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Nathan

nathan@slayyourdepression.com

Medical Disclaimer- The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.