Life is not always like you though it might be. Some things never turn out as we want them to. People cheat us, friends leave, we lose a loved one, dreams get shattered. Getting up when you are knocked out by life is a way to go. But sometimes life puts you in a place where you just cannot get up and fight it, instead, you get isolated & alone. Depression takes a toll on you when you are not able to pull yourself up and face the life. Like teenagers from any part of the world, it is difficult to deal with depression for Indian teenager girls and boys too. The communication gap between the parents and teenagers might the reason behind it. And often parents ignore these situations as they don’t get it. They may call it mundane things but for a teenager, simple things are enough to depress them or make them volatile.
No matter what’s the situation, you gotta stand up, fight the situation and lead your own life like the crusader.
Before talking about how to recover from a depression, let’s see how to know are you in depression.
- You feel helpless and hopeless, thinking that things cannot get better.
- Consistent sadness and self-blame.
- You no longer enjoy the things you once loved to do.
- You don’t want to go out anymore.
- Problems in interacting with people.
- Sleeping a lot or very less than usual resulting in insomnia.
- Unusual weight gaining or weight loss, overeating or loss of appetite
- Sudden anger or sadness
- Pessimism and not doing things because you think they might take a lot of energy.
- Energyless body, fatigue, body pain, and headaches
- Suicidal thoughts
- Low self-esteem
Now let’s talk about the things that you can do pull yourself out of the depression naturally without the help of medication/drugs.
Note: I am not a trained doctor, I am just like you guys who been there and done that. I, myself learned how to get out of depression on own. You should always take professional advice for same.
Go out in Sunlight
Staying in your room whole day will not help if you want to beat the depression. You need to go out in sunlight or take a walk in the park or just listen some positive, inspiring music while sitting in the park. Staying in the dark room will increase the negativity and eat out the willingness to do things. Take a trip to a nearby store to buy groceries. Visit museum. In short, Go Out.
Stay Connected With Supportive People
Keeping the social interaction alive will definitely help you to get over the depression. Talk with friends, family and loved one. The people who care for you will always help you to get out of the depression. Go out for a movie with your friends, help a friend to do the shopping. This will help you to revive the feeling of companionship. They may not directly help you in coping up with depression, but at least being cut from constant negative thought will help you go ahead inch by inch. And in such situations, Every inch counts.
While suffering from depression even getting out of the bed seems difficult. But sitting at one place whole day will make your mind to overthink things and it will saturate your mind with unnecessary things too. Do exercise. Exercise is the best antidepressant for you. Keep your body moving. Go for a walk. Start with small things and build up from there. Take baby steps.
Keep Yourself Busy
When you keep yourself busy in stuff, your mind won’t have time to think about other things. Get a routine. Follow it. Do things which need more amount of interaction and concentration. This will keep your mind away from thinking about negative things. Avoid reading books at home instead take out your bicycle and do a small 2 KM ride.
Do Things That Make You Happy
Do you love painting and you miss the time when you use to spent hours while painting. Then now is the time to revive that dormant hobby which one was everything for you. Keep yourself busy in your hobby. Some love painting, some can just can’t stop reading a novel once they start reading it. Now is the time to follow your hobbies again. This will make you happy and will keep your mind away from the thought of being depressed.
Talk In-Person Instead of Texting and Calling
Although social media is the fastest way to communicate with people, it lacks the human touch. Talking face to face is still the best way to interact. When you talk in person with people you get to know them better, you can understand them better also it will help you with your social anxiety.
Limit the Time You Spend on Social Media
The Internet has simplified everything around us but every coin has two sides. Social networks have created the Social Media Anxiety and FOMO(Fear Of Missing Out) where you feel that you are missing out something when you see your friends on social media having fun or buying expensive stuff or visiting exotic places. To avoid feeling left out, limit the time you spend on social media and appreciate the good things you have in your life.
Support Others To Support You
The best way to help yourself is to help others. By helping others you get the feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment. Volunteer for a social work. Help people in daily life. Help old people to cross the road. Help a child to complete his/her homework. This will surely help you to overcome your depression.
Get You A Pet
No offense, a human interaction is the best way to recover from depression and loneliness. But sometimes all you need is a pet to play with you. Who can avoid a dog jumping all over you when you return home or a cat cuddling itself near your feet. Pets are blessing!
Meditation is the best way to relax your mind. Meditation will clear your mind from unnecessary thought and negative thinking. Just close your eyes and breathe.
Surround Yourself With Motivation
Whatever you see, read and listen stays in your mind, so why not surround yourself with the which will motivate you and help you to overcome the depression. Read inspirational poems, quotes and stories to motivate yourself.
Always keep one thing in your mind, “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” Time heals everything. Never lose hope. Keep Rocking. Keep Smiling…