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Helping Yourself Deal With Depression

Jul 24, 2008
Millions of people deal with depression every year. There are some things you can do to help yourself manage your depression in order to be able to function normally in your life. One of the first things you can do is to realize you are not alone. One of the main symptoms of depression is the feeling that you are drowning in your problems and that no one understands or can help. It's so overwhelming that you feel is no stopping at. Knowing that others can help and will understand what can be the first step to helping yourself conquer depression.

Talking to friends, or your family can alleviate the stress and help you to realize that the problems you are facing are not as insurmountable as they feel. They can also help you feel loved when you feel most insignificant. Talking out your problems to others even if you know they can't help your particular situation often helps you to deal with it yourself.
If you absolutely can't find someone else to talk to, they can sometimes help to verbalize your problems there by talking it out with yourself. Sometimes our fears and our worries get so bottled up that they built up in our minds to much larger problems than they really are. Talking them out even to yourself can bring things into perspective.

If you feel uncomfortable talking to yourself about your problems write them down to the journal. Sometimes it helps to write out your feelings. You might be surprised at how much you begin to write once you start letting your emotions flow out.

Above all realize that it is okay to express your feelings. It's okay to cry if you have to, it's okay to feel happy, it's okay to feel sad; all of these emotions are normal at expressions of your inner feelings and fears.

Another way to help deal with depression is to look at a situation with realistic goals. Sometimes we play so much stress on ourselves feeling we have to accomplish huge and lofty goals that are above and beyond just about every mortal. Setting realistic goals can greatly reduce the stress in your life.

If you have a large cast to accomplish a can create a lot of stress and tension and bring on depression if it isn't going the way you think it should. Try breaking up your testing the smaller more manageable ones accomplishing each to get to your larger goal.
Exercise more. Exercising releases hormones into your body that helps to deal with stress and tension and alleviates depression. Getting rid of all the junk food and caffeine can also go a long way to making yourself feel good both physically and mentally.

Alcohol and nicotine are major depressives that add to feelings of inadequacy and depression. You can work out in your own home, join a gym, take a yoga class or anything that makes you feel good. And don't forget the importance of getting enough sleep. Sleep also releases hormones into your body that alleviates stress and tension.

If you have a hobby or a long forgotten hobby this may be the perfect time to start it back up again. Having something that you enjoy doing to take your mind off it troubles and after a while make you realize how insignificant those problems really are.

Depression is treatable. There may be times when the above methods can help you deal with your depression and you can get through it on your own. It is important to remember that if your depression lasts for more than a week or isn't alleviated by any of the above helps to seek the help of a Physician.

There's no reason to live with depression. You are not to blame. Others will understand. You can get through it and if you need help you need to ask for it.
About the Author
Ronen David is the chairman of "Malam" (an Israeli organization supporting and representing those dealing with mental disabilities). He is the author of the "How to Cope With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
Visit his web site and learn Dealing With Depression
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