Fighting with stress and anxiety takes its toll on even the strongest of souls. These days, it seems like circumstances have conspired to make this struggle even more difficult:The economy is back-tracking, and many American’s find that their personal finances are in a mess, they have no line of credit, and their mounting debt—along with whatever other personal, emotional issues that may be affecting them—make it really hard to avoid falling into a depression.
With this situation in mind, here are some helpful pointers to keep present when you are feeling depressed and need to get over it.
Do Not Despair
Remember that you are not alone and that there are safety nets all around you to help you through these tough times. Consider these tips:
- Your first line of defense ought to be your family and your friends. Share with loved ones the problems that you are facing, and the effect that they are having on you.
- One of the worst mistakes that a depressed person can commit is to clam up and keep everything bottled up inside; this will not only aggravate your depression, but it will also make you susceptible to violent outbreaks of rage and desperation further down the line.
- Be willing to change your perspective and your outlook on life, and come to grips with the fact that it is within your capacity to do so. One’s outlook on life, after all, is not predetermined or preprogrammed, but rather is crafted by our energy levels and our confidence in ourselves.
- Try reaffirming yourself with simple repetitions in your head, that you are able to overcome your depression and feel better about yourself and the circumstances in your life.
Coming to Terms With Realities
Some times, the circumstances that beset us are simply beyond our control.
- If you’ve been laid off, you are likely going to have to manage being unemployed for a certain (hopefully not too long) period of time.
- if you are in debt, you are probably not going to be able to change that from one day or one week to the next.
Coming to terms with certain realities (whether they be of the short term or the long term, it does not matter) will help you overcome them, denying them the negative impact they have on your psyche.
Meditation and Exercise
The process of taking stock of your life and fighting depression, can be achieved through different meditation techniques.
One especially beneficial form of meditation and excercise is through yoga:
- Yoga has proven to give just the right mixture of meditation and exercise methods necessary to fight depression naturally, without having to pay a shrink or buy a video.
- There are frequently yoga classes offered for free or at a very low cost in community centers, public libraries, and health centers across the nation, so see what is being offered in your local community center.
- There happens to be a website specifically designed for this pupose (though it is by payment), at YogaForDepression.
- Alternatively, consider looking for whatever free or cheap ways to learn yoga you have available to you in your community. Sometimes just knowing a friend or family member that is already experienced in yoga is all it takes to set you on the road to inner healing…without having to resort to breaking out your wallet.
Managing your diet can be one of the most crucial aspects of defeating your depression. Avoiding bad habits like binge eating (or conversely long periods without eating anything at all), and controlling exactly what kind and quality of ingredients you are consuming play a big role. Eating healthily is also just generally a good idea for keeping your mind and body healthy, whether you feel depressed or not.
- Try not to exceed yourself in fatty foods, fried foods, and all kinds of junk food.
- Make sure you are getting plenty of hydration and eating at least just one serving of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
- There are certain natural depression cures, amongst which the most famous and effective would have to be St. John’s Wort.
- Beyond this more famous anti-depressive, there are other options in the natural realm for fighting depression naturally, such as Bach Flower Remedies.
- Furthermore, simply maintaining a steady intake of healthy ingredients such as garlic, onions, black pepper, chili peppers, ginger, ginseng, and echinacea, as well as an assortment of fresh herbs, will improve your chances.
- Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, folic acid, and magnesium can also be of great utility to people looking to get out of a depressed state. Check out the article on this topic at About for some more specifics on the science behind why these elements are so effective in lifting a person’s spirits.
There are specific vitamins that help to combat depression. All the B-Complex vitamins are considered to be essential for mental well-being. Vitamins C and D are also shown to help relieve depression.
You need to be careful in this field, since recent studies have shown that a large part of the diet supplement, pill vitamin industry has been ripping consumers off in the most extraordinary ways.Doing a little research on how to get a balanced vitamin intake from your food is preferable to taking vitamins in pill form, though if you are unable to get all your vitamin needs fulfilled on your plate, make sure to buy from a reputable producer.
Consider checking with the USDA to see which producers are certified and which are banned, and make sure never to buy from a provider with a track record of claims and scandals.
Many people seek refuge in spirituality in times of depression, and talking with a religious minister can prove to yield all the same positive results as going to therapy sessions with a trained professional. The fundamentals lie in having a strong bond of trust with the person that you talk your issues over with, and feeling comfortable in the environment where you choose to meet and talk. If you are lucky enough to find yourself with these circumstances, then perhaps you ought to consider exploiting this avenue in order to overcome your depression.
In the end, it doesn’t have so much to do with actually believing one religious dogma over another, but rather has to do with believing in humans’ ability to explore their spirituality and find a higher, nobler cause hidden within every action we commit.