Depression saps your energy, hope, and motivation, making it difficult to take the measures necessary to feel well.
Thinking about what you should do to feel better, such as exercising or spending time with friends, might be exhausting or impossible to put into action at times3.
It’s a Catch-22 that the most beneficial actions are the most difficult to carry out. There is, nevertheless, a significant distinction between something difficult and something impossible. While healing from a depressive disorder is not easy, you do have more control than you realize, even if your sadness is severe and persistent.
According to Philippa Gold of Remedy Wellbeing, “the key to overcoming depression is to start small and work your way up. You may not have much energy, but by drawing on all your reserves, you should be able to go for a walk around the block or call a loved one’.
Steps to Overcome Depression
Taking the initial step is always the most difficult. However, going on a stroll or getting up and dancing to your favorite music are things you can do right now. And it can significantly improve your mood and energy for several hours which is long enough to implement a second recovery step, such as cooking a mood-boosting meal or making plans to see an old acquaintance.
By adopting the following tiny but positive measures day by day, you will soon be able to shed the heavy fog of perpetual sadness and feel happier, healthier, and more hopeful.
Reach out and keep in touch
Obtaining assistance is critical in conquering the feeling of being depressed and it can be tough to keep a healthy perspective and the effort required to overcome depression on your own. At the same time, the nature of depression makes seeking treatment difficult and when you’re sad, you tend to withdraw and isolate, making it difficult to connect with even close family members and friends.
You may be too tired to chat, embarrassed about your situation, or guilty for ignoring particular relationships but remember this is only your sadness speaking. Keeping in touch with others and participating in social activities will improve your mood and attitude dramatically.
Seek help from those who make you feel safe and cared for
The person with whom you speak does not need to be able to fix you; they simply need to be a good listener and someone who will listen carefully and compassionately without judgement.
Make face-to-face time a priority
Phone conversations, social networking, and texting are excellent ways to remain in touch, but they cannot replace face-to-face quality time. The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can help to alleviate and prevent sadness.
Keep up with social activities
When you’re depressed, it’s tempting to withdraw into your shell, yet being around other people will make you feel less depressed.
Find ways to help others
It’s good to be supported, but research reveals that providing support boosts your mood even more. Find ways to help others, both big and small; volunteer, be a listening ear for a friend, do something nice for someone.
Take care of a pet
While nothing can replace a human connection, dogs can bring joy and friendship into your life and make you feel less lonely. Caring for a pet can also get you out of your head and give you a sense of purpose, both of which are potent antidepressants.
Join an emotional support group
Being among other people who are suffering from depressive disorders can help you feel less alone. You can also encourage one another, give and receive coping advice, and share your experiences.
10 ways to remain connected
- Discuss your feelings with one person
- Volunteering allows you to help others
- Meet a pal for lunch or coffee
- Request that a loved one contact you on a regular basis
- Take someone to the movies, a concert, or a small gathering
- Contact an old acquaintance by phone or email
- Take a walk with a fitness partner
- Make a weekly dinner date
- Take a class or join a group to meet new people
- Trust a religious person, a teacher, or a sports coach