When you share what you are feeling with someone you trust, you feel relieved, even if for a few moments. Once they know how you feel, they will give the love and kindness you need right now. You will know the healing power of a hug when you get one. Cry. Shout. Scream. Cuss. Or just talk. Do whatever you need to. Just let it out.
2. Consult a Doctor
Depression is no joke. And quite frankly the BEST way to cope with depression is seeking professional help. It doesn’t matter how many how many hours you research online looking for tips. The importance of consulting a doctor simply cannot be overemphasized. Yes, you should definitely try to heal yourself and take all the necessary steps you can to empower yourself. But taking the right medication will give you the exact treatment you need right now.
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.