In this day and age, there is no shame in visiting a therapist. The most important thing here is your mental health and your life. No one is going to think any less of you if you seek treatment. In fact they will be proud. Once I told my girlfriend about my depression, the first thing she did was take me to a doctor. I was as reluctant and hesitant as you can imagine. I didn’t speak to the doctor even once.
But then the best thing happened. He prescribed some anti-depressants. I was skeptical as I believed that no amount of pills can fix the problems in my life or how I feel. It didn’t. But what it did do is give me the clarity and mental strength I needed to fix those problems. Medication will help rewire your brain chemistry back to normal which will give the strength to fight back this black hole of a feeling.
However, make sure you do not dabble with antidepressants without consulting a doctor first. THIS is very important. The dosage and intensity of your medication will depend on the state of your depression. Seeking professional is undoubtedly one of the best ways to fight depression.
3. Workout & Eat Healthy
Being a martial artist, I have always been engaged in some sort of physical activity whether it’s rigorous Kickboxing training or weight training or simply some body-weight exercises. Exercise is one of the biggest and most effective tools that have helped me over the years to fight with my chronic depression. But only when things got out of hand, I had to consult a doctor and take medication.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out a single day in your entire life. Start now. The key is to remain consistent. Take small steps and create weekly goals that you can achieve. Join a gym. Sign up for a kickboxing class. Go for Zumba. Or simply hit the road and just start running. It doesn’t matter. Just get the blood flowing and your adrenaline pumping. It will make a world of a difference about how you feel.
You also need to make sure you start eating healthier and avoid crappy junk food as much as you can. Stop binging on ice cream and chocolates. Stop ordering food online every time you feel low. Eat food that your body needs. Educate yourself about lean protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. And for God’s sake stay away from SUGAR. It’s a killer. Having said that it’s also important to have a cheat day and indulge a bit too.
4. Start Mindfulness Meditation
Being spiritual, I always had a keen interest in Buddhism and the Eight Fold Path. This led me to Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment by focusing on your breath. I started meditation at my lowest point and it gradually it gave me inner peace and peace of mind that I had completely lost. No I am not perfect right now. But I am way better than I used to be.
Is meditation one the best ways to fight depression that you want to try? Trust me, YOU DO. If you have never meditated before or find this a bit confusing, then let me tell you mindfulness meditation is simpler than you can imagine. But it’s not easy. All you need to do is sit down in a place where you won’t be distracted and bring your attention and awareness to your breath. You can search YouTube for some instructional videos or even try a few guided meditation sessions to get the hang of it. Just Google. It will help you to live in the present moment and experience life in it’s true essence…through your breath.
Give Yourself Another Chance
Give yourself another day. You will find the courage you need. Don’t give up just yet.
Coping with depression is never easy. You will need to be determined and have enough mental strength, something you feel you don’t have at all. But you do. Trust me. It’s deep inside you. You simply need to look inside and reach for it. Coping with depression starts with self-help. But you already know that.