Depression can weigh you down so much that you may feel not to come out of your bed. You just want to hide behind the sheets and tell yourself you don’t want to do anything with the world outside. If on a particular day, you don’t feel like getting up, don’t push yourself. Take a break. Trying to recover doesn’t mean you have to be hard on yourself. No matter what, you are a human with feelings. So, be honest with them and listen to your inner voice. Many a times we get bogged down by the unrealistic expectations of this world. The best way to deal with it is not try to be a picture of perfection. If you want to be in your bed sometimes, do so. There is no need to pay any attention to what others have to say. Do anything that helps you to lift your spirits, and do it without any regret.

Are you too worried about what others think? Keep the expectations aside, and stand in front of the mirror. Can you relate with a person you are seeing in the mirror? Depression is often the impact of the pressure we bear to keep up with the expectations of the outside world. In our attempt to be perfect we gradually lose connection with our true selves, and when this continues for too long, the child within us is forgotten. Our inner self that wants to have fun, play and express authentically, goes missing.

The truth is, it’s still there and all you need to do is free it from the bondage of expectations. It’s your inner voice, and it’s crying to be rescued. Honor it, listen to it, because you are not doing it and that is what is translating into depression. We take life so seriously that we forget, it is, but a game. You cannot allow depression to win, no matter how tough or cruel it seems to be. Remember, the ultimate power is in you. And you are the one who can overcome those false depressive feelings.

Depression can affect you at any moment, and sometimes, when you expect it the least. To deal with such situations, stop thinking. The spiraling thoughts can push you to negativity. Suddenly, you may start thinking something happened weeks ago, and before you know, your mind would have linked it to something negative. One thought will lead to the next until you feel suffocated.

Take time out of all these thoughts. Allow your-self to breathe and feel how good it is to have this life, to feel alive. You don’t need big things. The smallest of things can bring you relief, if you try to see them in a different light. Take a look around and tell yourself how beautiful is the nature, the sunshine, the lovely fragrance of the flowers. Laugh with your loved ones and feel the happiness you get in their company.

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