Depression has no gender restriction, age limit, or race discrimination. This is not to say that depression is a natural phenomenon. It is complex in a way as no one knows exactly what causes one to be depressed. But many factors can increase your risk of being depressed. This includes genetics, abuse, conflict, loss of a loved one, drinking certain medications, substance abuse, and experiencing major events.
People experience depression in various ways. Some find themselves no longer interested in things that usually bring them joy. Others tend to sleep a lot while there are times when they can stay up late in the wee of dawn. Many experience appetite changes, while others feel drained even when accomplishing the simplest tasks. The feeling of helplessness, irritability, anger, and recklessness can also be some of the symptoms that you need to watch out for.
Aside from seeking professional help, there are other things that you can to do to manage your depression. Here are some self-care tactics that you can try:
Seek emotional support
The love and support you can get from your loved ones can have a huge impact on your recovery. There should be no shame or guilt in opening up to your loved ones about what you are going through. Even if you’re not yet ready to tell them about your depression, spending quality time with them is a good start. You can also get support from one of the many support group available.
Consider a yoga retreat
One health benefit that you can enjoy from taking up yoga is its ability to release tension and ease your anxiety and stress. Yoga therapy is an effective way to let go of your worries and embrace peace. Detox with a yoga retreat, and you can find peace of mind. The slow, deep breathing exercises can help reduce your depressive symptoms, improving your mood and even increasing your pain tolerance.
Redo your sleep hygiene
The things that you do before going to bed can affect your sleeping pattern. Depressed people often find themselves with either difficulty falling asleep or constantly sleeping for many hours each day. To get adequate rest and sleep, turn off the lights before bedtime and put electronics and other distractions away. Doing any other activities that should not be engaged in your bed can hinder your ability to improve your sleep.
Avoid your triggers
There are things and people that can push your button and turn your “depressive mode” on. These can be the toxic people in your life, abusive games or movies, or even loud and stimulating environment. It would be best to avoid such triggers. If there is no way to stop yourself from seeing such triggers, at least limit your exposure.
Observe a healthy diet
Eating a well-balanced diet is necessary to keep yourself healthy. If you fail to nourish your body, you’ll be more tired even after sleeping hours at a time. Eating well is also necessary to nourish your mind so that you can think clearly, focus better, and improve your mood. If you’re too exhausted to make home-cooked meals, you can always order nutritious food online or ask a family member or friend for help.
Self-help is also a must if you truly want to stop living in a depressed world. Know that you’re not alone in your battle. Your loved ones and support groups are here to help. But you should always remember that you are your greatest enemy. Make it a point to help yourself, and you’ll find it easier to heal and recover faster.