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Are you struggling with depression?

 

Are you struggling with depression? the kind that drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have more control than you realize—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positiveStruggling with depression She broke my heart and for months I struggled to get out of bed, I had to will myself just to put a piece of food in my mouth to sustain my body, my friends would say, “snap out of it” but could I?There are some thing that you can do to help you along the way of snapping out of it (according to my friend):

Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t mean you’re a burden to others. The truth is that most people are flattered if you trust them enough to confide in them. Your loved ones care about you and want to help. Struggling with depression can bring you closer to a love one.

Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to fix you; he or she just needs to be a good listener—someone who’ll listen attentively and compassionately without being distracted or judging you.

struggling with depressionstruggling with depressionstruggling with depressionstruggling with depressionstruggling with depressionstruggling with depressionMake face-time a priority. Phone calls, social media, and texting are great ways to stay in touch, but they don’t replace good old-fashioned in-person quality time.  The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away.

Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

Find ways to support others. It’s nice to receive support, but research shows you get an even bigger mood boost from providing support yourself. So find ways—both big and small—to help others: volunteer, be a listening ear for a friend, do something nice for somebody.

Struggling with Depression

Care for a pet. While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed—both powerful antidotes to depression.

Struggling with depression is not a state that you should be embarrassed about, it is a condition of the mind when things are going in a direction and you feel out of control, it is a chemical imbalance that can be triggered by a number of things, for me it was a broken relationship.

If you’ve taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes and still find your depression getting worse, seek professional help. Needing additional help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Sometimes the negative thinking in depression can make you feel like you’re a lost cause, but depression can be treated and you can feel better!

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