A depressed person turns into a pessimist, he fails to see the silver lining every dark cloud has, and loses all the hope to better his life. It is natural to feel depressed when certain things go wrong, when we face setbacks in career or business, when we fail in relationships and when the thoughts of guilt and insecurity come haunting. The reason for depression could be anything. Only one thing can help you beat this negativity, and it is your will power.
What is Clinical Depression?
We all have gone through those bouts of sadness, when you felt each event and every person is working against you. Such thoughts in most cases are temporary. In a few hours or in a day you turn the same person you were earlier, busy with the routine. But the case is different with a person having clinical depression. Clinical depression is an acute form of depression that is difficult to cure.
A person with clinical depression will always feel sad and will view life negatively. His whole life is affected, which includes his social life, interaction with others, enjoyment, and he restricts himself from the world, he feels low about himself. At the extreme, the person has to fight suicidal thoughts, which is the worst. This condition is difficult to recover from but not impossible. Here are some ways to fight it.
Think Positive - Keep Negativity at Bay
You know it quite well that negativity is of no use, it has helped no one and will not in the coming. So next time you have a negative thought bury it then and there. Think about something else, bring back your pleasant memories and feel them, watch television, talk to a friend. But don't let that killing negative thought spread in your mind. You should always think positive no matter what and never lose hope of a better future.
Channelize Your Energies to Your Goal
What is the reason for your depression? Have you failed in your goal and made yourself believe that you cannot achieve it? Is there no way left to help you achieve it? You may have answered the above questions in a 'yes'. But spoiling your life just because you couldn't achieve your goal is wrong. Believe me, there is always something better that awaits. Set a new goal and harness all your energy to realize it.
Let your thinking revolve around it, use mental visualization as a tool to motivate yourself. The key here is staying busy with something, there should be a purpose that keeps you motivated and going. Let not failure ruin your life, be hard-working and sincere towards what you want. Even if you don't get it, your efforts would never go waste and at the end you will be rewarded.
Counter Low Self-Esteem - You are Special
We all are unique and blessed in our own way. We only fail in realizing this and brood that others are luckier and live a better life. But again this is negative thinking. Don't feel depressed because you are an under achiever and have achieved nothing till date. Losing all hope and doing nothing to better your life is the wrong attitude. The key lies in being a fighter and having a strong belief in oneself. Always keep in mind, you are special in your own way and be optimistic.
Exercise, Meditate, Eat Healthy - Live a Balanced Life
Help yourself to make your life better, you are the only person who can do it. Always remember people would help you to a certain extent, it is you who has to decide and take the action. You should learn to make your life better, as it is your life - God's gift to you. So recover out of your depression and take all the effort to normalize your life. Bring back the enthusiasm in your life, do physical exercise, go for early morning meditation, jog.
Get back to the physical activity you enjoyed doing in the past. This will help you better. Eat healthy fruits and nuts, nourish yourself and reap the benefits you need. Give time for everything, that is, your goal and enjoyment in life. Let not your past haunt you, you can do nothing to change it. But you can definitely make your tomorrows beautiful if you live the present moment in the correct way.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as they are known to boost the mood. Your food should be rich in all the nutrients, vitamins.
- Plan your meals and never skip any of the meals, especially breakfast. Relish your food and learn to care for yourself.
Visit Your Friends and Family and Share Your Worries
Spending time sharing your thoughts with your near and dear ones will help feel good and lighten your burden to a certain extent. This will also help you stay busy. Learn to share your problems with your trusted friends. There is always a way out, and you are failing to see it. So utilize your weekends and meet your dear ones, everyone has problems in life, but people do not surrender and restrict themselves to the corridors. They still live life to the fullest and fight to solve their problems. Similar should be your attitude, discuss your problems with someone you feel close to and be social to enjoy life.
Medication and Counseling Help to a Certain Extent
If nothing of the above seems to help you, and if your depression is turning worse day by day, you should not wary from seeking professional help. It for your own betterment. Seek the help of a doctor, who will help you get over the depression. But before visiting the doctor for counseling, help yourself through your own mind. As I had mentioned it earlier, it's your will power that is utmost important.
Come Out of It, You Need to
Yes, you need to come out of this depression. Realize that you're doing harm to yourself and staying dispirited is not going to help you. Life is not always a bed of roses, but it also not always a bed of thorns, these phases are temporary. There is always a ray of hope and this is true in your case also. Realize what is depressing you and then take all the effort you can to recover from it. So don't let depression take control of your life, learn to control your life to make it better.
Mentioned above were some ways to cope with clinical depression. Put in all your effort and will power, and you will find life beautiful again. We all face regrets and setbacks, but these issues should not stop you from living your life and hating yourself. Love your life, it's temporary and you have only one chance to live it...