Effects of Depression (the killing effect)-Unlike in the past when depression was perhaps not heard of, today’s generation are the worst affected. Doctors say that high stress levels and depression for a prolonged time in a person could result in chronic illness and serious disorders. And sometimes it can be as fatal as taking their own lives. But whatever the causes and symptoms may be for depression and anxiety, the good news is that it is completely curable. Just one need to have the tenacity and determination to fight and overcome it. Let’s see how we can overcome depression.
Practice Mindfulness-A depressed mind tends to mull over all that is wrong and worries unnecessarily about all the negative possibilities that may emerge in the future. This negative thought cycle reinforces misery and is not helpful in managing to overcome depression. Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment and is a skill that needs to be practiced.
Listen to upbeat music-Music has always been a food for every soul. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve our mood.
Include Omega 3 Fatty acids in your diet-Research has shown that depressed people often lack a fatty acid known as EPA. Regular intake of it helps in alleviating symptoms like anxiety, sleep disorders, unexplained feelings of sadness, suicidal thoughts, and decreased sex drive. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good in lowering cholesterol and improving cardiovascular health. It can be found in walnuts, flaxseed and oily fish like salmon or tuna.
Forgive others-When we hold a grudge, we are the ones that feel the anger which in turn affects us. So find a way to forgive. And once you lighten the emotional load, you will improve your mood which will help you to overcome depression.
See a psychologist-Every ailment gets cured on visiting a doctor and following the medications prescribed by him/her. Depression, too, is a disease. Hence, it can also be treated easily when we see a psychologist. Not only we are benefitted by the drugs he/she prescribes but venting out our feelings or sharing our worries with them lightens our heart and we are shown the right track to set our foot on. So shun the thought that if you see a psychologist you will be looked down upon by your friends and colleagues. And remember, Deepika Padukone, the famous Bollywood actress had confessed herself that she too, suffered from anxiety and depression after her release of the blockbuster film, ”Happy New Year”. But, when she realised it she went to the doctor and set things right. And this had helped her to emerge as a stronger and more confident person. So if she being a stardom can confess and do it why not you. Remember, it’s never too late to take the first step.
Connect with friends-When we are depressed we try to isolate ourselves. We stop going out or socialise with others. And the result is, the situation aggravates. So do come out of the house, mingle with your friends and talk your heart out. This would lighten your heart and you feel happy and re-energised.