Fighting Depression

”Action seems to follow feelings, but really action go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”

William James

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In the previous post, we’ve talked about Depression- the illness of 21st century, and discussed about the symptoms one may feel when dealing with it.

In order to fight depression, we must understand what are the things that trigger this profound feeling of sadness and anxiety.

One of the main causes for being depressed is – the daily stress. The challenges of everyday life can mess-up with our head, and sometimes we may get overwhelmed by even the tiniest failures or discrepancy. The pressure we experience at work, in the family, in the market or in the streets can take our unconscious to a very dark place.

Another factor that can emphasise depression is the lost of a dear relative or friend. This kind of events may cause us deep wounds. Ironically the most damaging thing we must fight is our thought, and our attitude toward the tragedy will represent the outcome.

 

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Beingabused emotionally/physically can also lead to depression. It is said that people who’ve been abused in their childhood are more likely to become depressed in their adulthood. The trauma caused by those events can trigger a higher sensitivity toward daily stress.

The lack of money can cause a distorted perception of life. The poor ones tend to see life as a constant fight for survival. Consequently, it is pretty hard to follow your passions and joys when even the most basic needs are not being met.

Also, in this list we can include other factors such as: loosing your job, giving birth, breaking-up with your partner, fighting other diseases, being rejected by social groups, having a low self-esteem etc.

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Luckily, the researches have found several ways of overcoming depression:

  • Get outside and do some physical activities- making sport for minimum one hour per day will give you the amount of energy and the restart your need in order to start a new day.
  • Reorganize your life- delete everything that is contaminating your thoughts and your well-being and replace them with pleasant and recreational activities.
  • Change your diet- eat fruits, vegetables and drink more natural juices.
  • Start reading – motivational books and articles will inspire you to put life in different perspective.
  • Find out new hobbies- start doing something you always wanted to do but never had the time or energy for it.
  • Get a pet- animals can be very lovable and full of positivism. But don’t cross the line here, you don’t want to become one of those crazy ladies with 10 cats.
  • Socialize- avoid isolation, try to keep in touch with as many people as possible, go out and have fun (and yes, it is possible to have fun despite the circumstances)
  • Start praying- whether you believe in God, Buddha, the Supreme energy or the Universe, it is extremely important to believe in something or someone, even if this divinity is yourself. Pray, meditate and become conscious about your body and your thoughts.

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And Remember:

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. 

 

Alexandrina Bivol

 

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