Depression can take a terrible toll on an individual and can affect any one, regardless of sex, race or social situation. There are a variety of ways that you can relieve your own depression and lift away the dark metaphorical storm clouds that seem to hang over you.
The First Step Begins with You
The first step to ridding yourself of depression is to look within yourself, permeate the inner workings of your mind and thought process to try and re-evaluate and change the way that you think. If you think you are all alone, that you simply do not matter in the world then take steps to dismiss those detrimental thoughts which are no doubt main contributors to your depression.
Positive affirmation can rid you of such self-loathing thoughts. Remind your self of the positive things in your life and the people who do care and most of all care about your self. Depressing thoughts make for a depressed person, so rid your self of such thoughts and think positively. You may just find a new happier attitude coming about and you will no longer be depressed.
The Second Step Begins with the People around You
Now if your depression is not due to your own harmful way of thinking and instead is caused by outside influences such as another person, then you must take a good hard look at the way that particular person affects you emotionally. Do they put you down? Do they have the power to make your mood incredibly glum?
If so then you must no longer allow there verbal abuse to batter down your self esteem, instead you should distance your yourself from this person or persons or take a direct approach and tell them that they are hindering your overall ability to be a happy person. Never be a doormat for someone, stand up for your self. Confidence often breeds a happier person.
The Third Step Begins with Learning to Relax
If your every day life is so incredibly hectic, that it has put an emotional strain on you and has pulled you into a pit of perpetual depression then you must climb your way out of that pit. You should take extra steps to relax yourself, maybe lay in a bubble bath and try to dedicate some quiet time just for your self. Stress rarely promotes a happier person. You must take measures to make sure that you can lessen the stress in your life as much as possible so the clouds will clear away and you can be happy person that you used to be.
The Fourth Step Begins with Escapism
If you find you cannot simply change the way you think then keep those depressing thoughts at bay with a distraction. Escape into a book or movie, something happy and whimsical that will turn your mind towards other things such as your own depression.
The Fifth and Final Step Begins with What You Put in Your Body
Believe it or not, what you eat may have a lot to do with your mood. Foods high in toxins can leave you feeling physically and emotionally bad. So a healthier diet can be the key to a happier you. Choose foods that nourish your body and mind, not ones that will clutter it up with useless toxins that are healthy and affect your overall mood.
You Have the Power
In conclusion you have the power to defeat depression through a healthy diet, positive thinking, less stress in your life, a more assertive attitude and a means of escape once and a while.
If you feel that you need more help than this, please consult with your physician.