Depression can affect areas of a person’s social, family, and work life. It can create a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed and cause conflicts in relationships. Before it gets too far, depression needs to be dealt with from within. A person has to want to relieve depression symptoms and cannot be pushed into changing how they view things. Think about what it is that you’d like to change about your depression. How does it affect your life, relationships, friendships? Do you want to stop feeling depressed? The answer, I’m sure, is yes.
Keep a journal of your feelings. Write in it everyday and as often as you like. Try to keep track of when bad feelings happen and what triggers your depression in your descriptions. Talk about people, places, friends, relationships, and work. Jot down everything you think and feel to get the depression out on paper. Read your journal often to help you understand your feelings of depression. If it’s difficult for you to express your feelings of depression, write a story instead. Make the main character be you, with a different name and have them act out what your feeling. Try to do this each and everyday if possible to get the feelings out.
Try talking to those close to you and explain what you are feeling. If you have a hard time opening up to friends or family, speak to a counselor or psychologist about your feelings of depression. Sometimes talking about what you think and how you view it can relieve a lot of stress and sadness. If it’s hard for you to talk about what your feeling to a stranger, try bringing along the journal that you write in and read excerpts from that. That way, you are able to tell the counselor how you are feeling, but in written words.
Get outdoors into the sunshine. Going outside and getting some sun can greatly relieve symptoms of depression. Our body’s take in nutrients from the sun and air that help us to live and breath. Getting outside helps us feel better and enjoy things more. Play with your kids, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. Find company in others by walking, riding bikes, or doing some sort of activity to help get your mind off of sad thoughts. If it’s tough to get yourself motivated to get outdoors, open the blinds and windows at home, open the door, and take in the smells of the outside. This can help push you to get out there and enjoy the day.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just cannot relieve the feelings of depression by yourself. This is when you may need a physician to prescribe you an antidepressant. There are many great medicines on the market specifically for depression. These include: Cymbalta, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and others. Talk to your doctor before considering any type of medication to be sure it’s right for you and your type of depression. He may suggest a medication that is new on the market or geared toward the depression your experiencing. Warning: antidepressants can be very habit forming so be sure to ask your doctor how long you will need the medication and how easy it is to get off it when your ready.