Remember that these feelings won’t last
One of the most unbearable characteristics of a depressive episode is that it makes you think that it will never end. As counterintuitive as it seems, accepting that you are going through a difficult episode makes it a little easier to cope with.
Indulge in things that make you happy
May it be playing with your pet or doodling away, spending some quality time doing what makes you joyful is one of the easiest ways to get through a depressive episode.
You could try painting, colouring, baking, or simply catching up on your favourite TV show.
Take some time out of your daily routine to be mindful and appreciate the present moment. Practices like meditation and deep breathing exercises can help keep you grounded.
During the day, when you can afford a moment of silence or stillness for yourself, appreciate the warmth of the sun or the taste of a crisp, sweet apple. Research suggests that making mindfulness a habit can reduce symptoms of depression and the negative responses people have to a depressive episode.
Count your blessings
Make a list of things that are going your way in life. This could be as simple as being grateful for food in your fridge or a roof over your head. Be thankful for all your friends and family whose unending support and confidence are always with you.
List as many things as your heart desires. Recording the positives in your life this way also helps build self-esteem.
Reach out and stay connected
Getting support plays a vital role in surmounting negative thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, it can be difficult to be self-aware. Involving family and friends can help you recognize the triggers and red flags.
Research also suggests that loneliness can worsen depression. When you are all alone, it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy perspective required to beat depression. You must overcome the inclination to withdraw and isolate yourself; staying connected will make a world of difference in your viewpoint and mood.
Run, ride, bike or swim! Whichever lively, zealous activity you choose to get the endorphins running in your system, a number of psychological benefits are sure to come your way. Make sure you choose exercises that are rhythmic and continuous where you move both your arms and legs.
If incorporated into the routine, exercise can also lessen fatigue and boost mindfulness. Improved self-esteem is another crucial advantage of regular physical activity.
Try your best to resist any cravings you might have for sugar-heavy foods. Nourish your body with a depression-fighting diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish.
Don’t ever skip meals and increase your vitamin B intake. This will help lower irritability and tiredness.
Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will also assist in stabilizing your moods. Ensure that your diet contains citrus fruits, leafy greens, chicken, eggs, salmon, and beans.
Create distance between yourself and the thoughts
Remembering that you are not defined by the emotions you are experiencing puts some of the power back into your hands. You should remind yourself of all the extraordinary roles you play in so many people’s lives. You are a friend, a sibling, a colleague, a spouse, and a neighbour.
You have your own distinctive qualities and abilities that make you unique in this world. Nobody can replace you.
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