9 Essential Steps For Dealing With Depression

July 30, 2015

It is known that people with low self-esteem are more prone to depression than the others. Therefore, to deal with this ailment it is important to work on confidence.

Listed below are the activities that in themselves are not the methods of struggle with depression, but they do help many people to be liberated from depression, realize their value, improve your mood, so offsetting the symptoms of depression.

  1. Engage in creative work. It is useful to engage yourself in any occupation: painting, sewing, cooking, dancing, playing musical instruments, drawing flowers, writing poetry or stories etc. This is important because in the course of employment or your hobby, you are disconnected from the usual thinking and imagination and feelings involved.
  2. Make the list for the daily activities and follow it. This simple step will help you keep yourself on track of the progress towards the normal life. But do not be too hard on yourself.
  3. Keep a diary. At the end of each day, write down the events, even if they seem insignificant. Write about what attracted your attention and why e.g. what you liked while reading, etc. But do not get carried away by the thoughts of unpleasant incidents.
  4. Be physically active. Sport activities increase the production of endorphins in the body; they are known as – “happiness hormones”. These substances control the activity of the endocrine glands, and improve the mood. However, exercise helps to cope with depression not only because of the production of endorphins, but also because they also promote self-esteem.
  5. Walk. It has been proven that a daily walk in the morning is able to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Taking a walk and try to have fun. Try to feel the breeze, sounds of birds, smell of grass etc. At first, this may seem insignificant, but eventually you learn to enjoy these sensations.
  6. Be Careful while choosing the source of information. If you frequently read a newspaper or the Internet publication, which describes the accidents and other negative events, you are at the risk of developing the bad mood. The publication of such information is a relatively easy way to get people’s attention, which is used by many media outlets. It is scientifically proven that the bad news increase the risk of depression. If you know that several people have been killed on the other side of the planet, you will still not be able to help them. Give preference to that news that does not use such techniques to attract the audience.
  7. Smile more often. A sense of joy makes us smile. Clinical trails show that when we smile, the body produces chemicals that make us feel happy. In order to make you smile, watch funny movies, read something nice e.g. jokes.
  8. Try to be happy. Imagine that you are an actor who plays the role of a happy man and try to get used to the role. This sounds a bit strange, but this method often works. Select a time and every day pretend that you are happy. Try to behave and think like a lucky man. Note that we get depressed not so much because of the trouble, but from a lack of positive emotions. While carrying out this exercise, try to enjoy every minute. Most importantly, do not let yourself think about the troubles of the past or worrying about the future. Instead, focus on what is happening “here and now”. 
  9. Communicate more. Find a friend with whom you can share experiences. But it is important to talk to someone who listens like a friend, and don not judge, evaluate, or hang tags.

Put these 9 essential steps into action in your life and begin your road to recovery from dealing with depression.

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4 comments on “9 Essential Steps For Dealing With Depression

  1. Ribero Jul 30, 2015

    I think these are the great tips for the person who are facing the problem of depression and stress. As you suggested here, I am trying to implement couple of above tips in my life to avoid being depressed. I always try to be active so that you never caught in depression, the other thing I want to start is to write a blog that will help to engage with other people. Thanks.

  2. Sonny Kregsbach Feb 20, 2016

    All very good tips and ones that I have used personally! I feel great and following small guidelines like this has been a major help in my mental health growth!