Are you regularly feeling down, tired and uninterested in your daily activities? Chances are that you are probably showing signs of depression…
Depression is a mood disorder which causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and enjoyment. It also drains the energy and drive of people. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived feelings of sadness. Generally speaking, everyone can get depressed but not everyone will develop a full-blown depressive disorder.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 350 million people are affected by depression globally. There is a lack of consciousness about the illness and many of those who are affected by it are either in denial or very guarded about seeking treatment.
The main theme for World Health Day this year is “Depression: Let’s Talk” and it aims at spreading awareness about the illness. The campaign urges people who live with depression to seek help and break the stigma attached to it.
Talking about depression can be a daunting thing to do. But depressed people who come out to others can change their lives as it will be the first step towards treatment and recovery. When people start to open up about their struggles to others, they feel much better.
If you are reading this article and are afflicted by depression, remember that you are not alone. Depression is a very common illness and it can be easily treated with anti-depressants, therapy and lifestyle changes. However, if not treated, it can become a serious condition and can increase the risk of other major diseases.
Although it is not always easy and quick to snap out of depression, it is not an impossible thing to do. Below are a few simple and effective ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression:
• Listen to Upbeat Music
Cheerful and happy songs positively impact on your mood and improve your wellbeing. Make a playlist of upbeat tunes and listen to it on a daily basis. They will radiate positive vibes and create instantly a healthy atmosphere.
• Eat More Healthy
The food that you eat has an impact on the way you feel. Try to avoid those so-called “feel-good” and comfort foods such as pasta, pizza or French fries because they can lead to a crash in your mood and energy.
• Silence Your Inner Critic
People who are depressed tend to be impacted by their critical inner voice and blame themselves when things go wrong. You should quit the negative Self Talk as it will have a destructive influence on your mood.
• Keep Yourself Busy
Now and then, it’s good to distract yourself and do things that take your mind off your worries. Why not pick up a former hobby or sport? This will give you little opportunity to overthink as your thoughts are your worst enemy when depression sets in.
• Connect with Others
Depressed people have a tendency to withdraw and isolate themselves from the world. They have a hard time with reaching out to friends and even close family members. So, force yourself to go out more with people and share your grief and worries instead of keeping your feelings bottled up.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com; https://www.theguardian.com; http://www.who.int; http://www.lifehack.org; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com; http://www.huffingtonpost.com; https://www.helpguide.org;