The topic of DEPRESSION is often heard now a days. People are now more open minded when they talk about depression. In today’s generation people are so stressed that they easily fall prey to depression. The problem of depression is becoming a common in people. They are still many people who don’t know what depression is , how its is caused and what are its effects.
Many people don’t even realize that they are suffering from depression this is because they are so shy to talk and think about it. This also because of the lack of research they do. When we hear about depression it create a complete different perception in many people of some kind of mental health problem which is not correct. If we don’t care about it (depression) its effects can be severe. Here are some of the effects of depression.
- IT EFFECTS YOUR HEALTH: It effect your eating habits like excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite. It also causes weight gain or weight loss. It also put a big impact on your sleeping patterns like early awakening, insomnia, or excess sleepiness.
- IT EFFECTS YOUR BEHAVIOR: A person can show frequent mood swings , anxiety, guilt, loss of hope or interest, sudden sadness or excessive crying . A person also behavior of irritability and restlessness. These kind of behavioral changes largely effects the relationships with the family members and loved ones.
- COGNITIVE: A person in depression shows slowness in activities, and find it difficult to concentrate in things like studies or his job. In extreme depression a person also gets thoughts of suicide. Depression is a problem which takes away all the happiness from life.
WAYS TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION WITHOUT MEDICATION
- Your goals : Most people feel guilty when talking about goals because they set unreasonable or unworkable goals. A goal is workable if it’s:
- Something you can control (i.e., it doesn’t depend on others)
- Manageable (i.e., not overwhelming)
- Realistic for you (not for someone else)
- Measurable (i.e., you know whether or not it is done or getting done).
If something goes wrong with your goal, adopt a “what can I learn from this?” attitude (versus a judgmental, “this is why I’m horrible” attitude). Also, be careful when comparing your progress with others. We usually compare our biggest weakness with another person’s biggest strength.
- Pleasant Events: Schedule pleasant activities or events: Don’t wait for yourself to be “in the mood.” For example, give yourself permission for a 30-minute “vacation” or schedule a healthy hobby every day. Just remember to do these activities with the right attitude.
- Stay in the present : This practice is sometimes called mindfulness. As best you can, during activities try not to be in your head with self-judgment. You may not be able to turn off the self-judgment, but you can notice it and bring yourself gently back to the present.
- Exercise: Doing moderate exercise about five times a week (30 minutes) can dramatically help your mood. Also pay attention to how the type of food or drink you’re eating influences your mood. You don’t have to do fad diets, but anyone will be depressed if they frequently binge on carbs, junk food, and energy drinks.
- Focus on people who lift you up: Interact frequently with others that bring you up (not people that bring you down). While it’s OK to have some alone time, find a balance and don’t isolate yourself or the depression will linger.
- Sleep Regularly: Keep a balance with not too little and not too much sleep. Staying up late one night and then sleeping in excessively the next day is a sure-fire way to feed depression. Also, don’t try to solve problems late at night when your brain is half-asleep.