We have all had our bouts of mental depression. It is as much a part of life as breathing and can become a serious problem when allowed to persist longer than what would be considered typical. Mental depression is also one of the conditions whose numbers seem to growing rather than declining making it abundantly clear that there are few, if any, quick fix solutions.
Fighting off mental depression is difficult to do; but not impossible. By taking the so-called “baby step approach, ” you can lay a foundation on which to build.
For example you may not feel like going out and may have little energy and even less enthusiasm even if you did. To counterbalance these negatives, ou might consider taking a short walk or calling a friend just to engage in gossip or small talk.
If you are able to do these things reward yourself for your accomplishments and then move on. These are small steps but scaling the mountain of depression is all about taking small positive steps forward and limiting the number of steps backward.
I for one don’t believe that you can just snap your fingers and depression will be gone, and you shouldn’t believe it either. If you look upon mental depression as a formidable adversary that is bent on your destruction you will be subtly refocusing your mind on the path forward rather than the path that got you in this fix to start with.
Now sometimes mental depression has nothing to do with your past actions but more to do with being an innocent bystander in the revolving door of life. Such is the case when mental depression is brought about by loss. It might be the loss of a parent, a child, a significant other, or a much loved pet. There are no easy answers here and recognizing that a grieving period is required to pass through the darkness of depression and reemerge in the light of mental wellness at some point in the future is not only natural but healthy. It is not that the memory will ever disappear but it will fade overtime.
Next, Let’s Move On To Four Steps For Managing Mental Depression.
*Surround yourself with positive people: When trying to find your way out of mental depression there is no room for negative input and the old I told you so attitude. Perhaps some of this positive energy exhibited by others will help you to adopt a more optimistic attitude moving forward.
*Write down your negative thoughts: Depression is the toxic soup of negative thoughts and ideas. When these ideas start to flood your brain pull out your trusty pen and show them who is the boss by writing them down. What you may find is that some are laughable. That said, some will be serious and must be dealt with appropriately.
*View yourself from a different perspective: Mental depression may look a lot different from the inside than it does from the outside. Ask yourself if you’d say what you’re thinking about yourself to someone else. If the answer is no stop being so hard on yourself.
*Try limit your time alone: Mental depression generally makes people want to withdraw which in turn leads to more depression. By opening the door to social interactions, you will, in fact, be letting mental depression out rather than locking this debilitating condition in.