There are times in life when you are tested. Are you going through a phase when a certain emptiness is strangling, stifling and killing you from inside? You are feeling helpless and desperately want to get back to life. You want to get back to doing things that you once enjoyed doing.
Also, if the emptiness, the hopelessness and the helplessness are causing suicidal thoughts in your mind, then it’s time for you to reach out for help. You may be suffering from depression. Mental health is as important as physical health and one must not hesitate to visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist, depending on the seriousness of the condition.
Along with going for therapy sessions and taking medication, you too should know how to make yourself feel good. There are many ways in which you can combat the demon of depression.
Here are 7 of them –
- Exercise can improve your mood
Make it a point to do moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes in a day, around 5 days a week. This will act as a mood lifter and make you feel really good from inside. If you can add meditation and Yoga to your workout routine, even better. Also, eat right. If you keep on eating junk food very often, you are bound to feel depressed.
- Hang around with positive people
Talk it out but avoid mixing with negative and toxic people who have a tendency to pull you down. Interact or make friends with positive and happy individuals. However, don’t forget to spend some peaceful me-time by reading a good book or a motivational blog.
- Keep yourself engaged – Train your brain or Play a sport
Keep yourself busy. Exercise your mind by playing games like Sudoku and Scrabble. Solving crossword puzzles and playing word games will not only make you use your brain, but will also prevent your mind from thinking negatively. You can also play a sport like Tennis or Badminton in order to de-stress.
- Befriend Mother Nature
Irrespective of the fact whether you are feeling depressed or not, make sure you take twenty to thirty minutes out of your busy schedule at least three days in a week and use that time to go out for a run or a jog in the park. Get some fresh air, especially early in the morning when the trees release fresh oxygen which you can inhale. That will not only keep you physically healthy, but also enhance your mood.
- Maintain a Diary
Write out your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This will make you feel a lot lighter. In fact, why don’t you recall some past events that were pleasant and made you happy. Pen them down. When you feel depressed, read through all that you have written. That way, you will realize that there were many positive things in life that had left you overjoyed and similarly, your brain will make you think that there are many good things to look forward to as well in future. Practicing gratitude plus maintaining a gratitude journal can work wonders too.
- Be Good, Do Good
Try to think about others and stop focusing only on yourself. Help others, even if it means helping in a very small way. Doing something good for the welfare of another human being or a bird or animal can make you feel immensely happy. This kind of joy is unparalleled.
- Sleep well
Getting good sleep at night really helps in coping with depression. Strike a balance between sleeping too little and oversleeping. The practice of early to bed and early to rise would be highly recommended for everyone, especially all those who are depressed.
Try following these seven steps that will help you make your way to a mentally healthy and fit life.
Make it a point to reach out for help, and seek expert medical advice and treatment if your condition is serious and if you are clinically depressed.