5 Tips On How To Manage Depression
Do you feel low or depressed? Have you been diagnosed suffering from Depression?
Consider these questions:
Do you feel you struggle coping with your day-to-day life?
Do you feel you find it very difficult to get out of bed in the morning?
Do you feel you lack motivation and energy to do anything?
Do you feel you find it too much to talk or Socialise with anyone?
Do you feel helpless and hopeless?
Do you have difficulties around sleep?
Do you feel your appetite has changed?
Do you have thoughts of not being here or harming yourself?
Do you feel you are not able to concentrate on a task?
The above situations can be some of the symptoms of depression.
Do you feel you suffer from any or some of them? Then please contact your GP in the first instance. Next, it also helps to have some way to manage how you feel, so I have listed below 5 ways you can start managing depression TODAY!
5 Tips for Managing Depression
Talk to someone: If you feel you are not coping and feeling scared or anxious, speak to someone like a friend or a family member. If you do not feel comfortable talking to them then call your GP and seek their advice. If it is out of hours for GP surgeries then you can call Samaritans www.samaritans.org or look online for other agencies in your area.. You can also seek help and finding someone to talk to by accessing counseling. Find a list of counsellors by searching ‘Counsellors in your area’ on an Internet search or by asking your GP to refer you to one.
Exercise and Diet: You can start making changes in your diet. Adding some healthy options to your diet, by trying to eat regular and healthy meals will help. You can start doing some exercise by going to the gym, joining exercise classes or going for a jog or walk. Make exercise part of your daily routine. Also, try and have a sleep routine so that you get enough rest and re energize yourself.
Set Goals: Set yourself 3 goals a day and try to achieve it. This will give you a routine and hopefully motivate you to do things during the day. Think about taking up a hobby, these activities will help you to keep your brain active.
Music, Meditation and Mindfulness: Listen to music to calm you down and to relax. Learn to meditate or sign up for a Mindfulness course. These will help to calm your mind and to generate calming thoughts to help you find peace.
Challenge your negative thoughts: Try and challenge your negative thoughts and see if you can turn them into rational or positive ones. These will help you to motivate you take charge of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I recommend trying at least one of these activities if you feel you have symptoms of depression. If you feel you would like some more help around dealing with your feelings, don’t hesitate to contact me via my contact page or any of my social media profiles below.
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