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