Depression is not a phase but a major mental illness that impacts to the extent of health loss. Although it’s necessary to seek medical help if anxiety and depression caters to interfere in your daily life but experts suggest self help is the most powerful method to overcome depression.
According to the National Network of Depression Centers, One in Five five Americans will be impacted by mental illness in their lifetime, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States among ages 15-44.
There is one death by suicide every 12 minutes in the United States alone, and 90% of suicide cases can be traced back to mental illness most often depression.
But rather than joining the queue, we must learn why we fall into depression and anxiety and then how we can change it without any medication if possible.
Each one of us faces difficult and tough times in life, but I want you to know that no matter where you are at life, no matter how low you have fallen, no matter how terrifying your situation is, this is not the end.
I have been depressed myself, and I know it may be hard right now, but if you hang in there and stay in with me throughout this blog post, you will find the ability to overcome depression and anxiety naturally and help others going through the same struggles.
Things to do to Overcome Depression And Anxiety
1. Thoughts Are Everything
Your thoughts are the most crucial factor in curing depression and anxiety naturally. The daily beliefs you hold around your environment define the status of your mind, which ultimately influences your happiness.
If you always tend to have thoughts about the past that you regret rather than being excited about the future possibilities, absolutely, you will have anxiety. If you always focus on what you can’t control rather than thinking about how you can bounce back and react positively to situations, absolutely you will be depressed.
E.g., Let’s assume you are in a relationship and your partner cheated on you. That’s a horrible situation to be in, but rather than focusing on the outcome which is out of your control; you can react to it positively by learning that it was not your fault and that they are the insecure one. You can decide that you are not going to make yourself a victim, but instead, you will start doing even better for yourself and the people around you.
It exactly shows perfectly how a change of thought and attitude about a given situation can change your mood.
Keep in mind that life is always a choice. You cannot entirely change the outcome of certain situations, but you can react to it differently and more positively to situations. Change your thoughts and how you respond to situations, and your life will completely change.
It is not, “why is this happening to me,” but “how can I change it to make it better?”.
2. Accept Yourself
One of the leading causes of the rise of depression and anxiety is due to social media. From 2005-15, cases of depressive illness increased by nearly a fifth even though there are many more medications for mental illness these days than back then.
Social media tells us how perfect man or women should look and many other expectations that we subconsciously fall into. You have to remember that we are all equal in spite of all the differences, and together, we make this world a beautiful place.
Most millennials in this generation, get always stuck in the thought of impressing others. It is the dumbest thing one can spend their life on. It takes away almost all your happiness.
People’s moods and thoughts repeatedly change, and therefore, you will never feel happy and satisfied if you depend your happiness on others. Thus, stop impressing others and start genuinely loving and accepting yourself as who you are.
If you put in the actions to adopt the habit of accepting yourself, you will be able to overcome depression much more quickly.
3. Know Your Real Worth
We were all taught in our childhood that we were so special. But the concept of “I am so special” has skyrocketed in many millennial’s minds that they think they are the best at everything.
Realization of the fact that you are not the best at everything will eventually destroy your happiness and will lead to depression and anxiety. Even if you are talented, there are always people more capable than you in some other areas.
The truth is everybody possesses different talents and accepting the fact that everyone is equal rather than thinking you are the best will pull you out of depression and anxiety. Let’s run our race but cheer for all others at the same time without trying to prove others you are special.