You might already be familiar with the concept of depression, whether through personal experience, witnessing it, or simply hearing about it.
So what is Depression ?
Depression is a condition characterized by feelings of sadness, low mood, anxiety, and a lack of interest or motivation to engage with people or activities. Some research classifies it as a mental disorder, a mental state that many people are grappling with today.
In such a state, one often experiences fatigue and a lack of enthusiasm for anything pleasurable.
Following the Covid era, anxiety became closely linked with depression, with the two terms sometimes used interchangeably. It appears that they complement each other, meaning one is likely to occur or can result from the presence of the other.
However, for those of us who have experienced it, we view depression as a passing stage, a developmental phase. In this perspective, depression is seen as a state or stage in one’s life that one must navigate in order to mature into a full-fledged adult, given the challenges of the contemporary world.
Although not everyone fully experiences the depths of depression, for some, it may be a fleeting sensation that comes and goes. But for those truly affected, depression can persist for weeks, months, and even years, lingering until it is confronted. This is what we will explore further.
Signs of depression
When we experience hopelessness, it signifies that we have lost hope. It is a condition where we believe there is nothing to anticipate, nothing to grasp onto. When this occurs, it serves as an early indicator of depression.
You become enraged at the slightest provocation, and sometimes, after the anger has dissipated, you realize that the issue that triggered such an outburst wasn’t truly significant.
This is a stage of emotional turmoil that often follows when depression has taken its toll on you.
During this phase, you experience a jumble of emotions—sadness, happiness, love, and hatred—all at once. The underlying cause for this emotional rollercoaster is ‘regret.’ When you’ve committed actions you’re not proud of and deeply wish you hadn’t, it can make you subconsciously feel sad even when there are causes for joy.
This conflicting mix of emotions can be extremely draining and perilous, as it may lead the individual to engage in behaviors they wouldn’t typically consider.
Or bipolar, this is when your mood is on a rollercoaster, with one minute being filled with excitement and the next being filled with melancholy.
Other symptoms of depression include sleep disturbances, such as trouble sleeping, oversleeping, insomnia, and restlessness.
Now, let’s explore some reasons for experiencing depression.
Why do we depress
Some of the elements that can lead to depression comprise:
- Overthinking everything
How to grow from depression
Feeling uncertain about how to effectively manage your depression?
Are you overwhelmed by the multitude of methods available online, leaving you unsure about which specific steps will work for you? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!
Since some forms of depression are rooted in medical issues or conditions, it’s advisable to address these medically because their underlying causes are related to medical factors. Although medication can be helpful in treating various types of depression, it’s not a long-term solution. It’s akin to a temporary fix, but I don’t want you to battle depression only to have it return. I’m confident you wouldn’t desire that, right? That’s all the more reason not to rely solely on medication. Besides, if your depression is a result of experiences like the ones I mentioned earlier, then you’re on the right path.
Without further delay, let’s delve into how you can navigate depression and emerge victorious.
Regardless of the underlying cause of your depression, incorporating a daily half-hour walk into your routine can have a significant impact. Additionally, engaging in exercise at least three times a week is beneficial, as physical activity promotes the growth of new brain cells. In essence, this enhances your cognitive abilities, aiding you in managing and releasing your depressive thoughts.
Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. Consuming small, balanced meals throughout the day can help maintain your energy levels and reduce mood swings.
Seek Therapy, Particularly Cognitive Therapy
Engaging in therapy, particularly cognitive therapy, is a positive step in addressing depression. Why? Because your therapist will assist you in first understanding your emotions and then provide guidance on how to navigate them. You can’t effectively address what you’re feeling if you don’t have a clear grasp of your emotions.
When you connect with individuals who are experiencing similar challenges as you, it can boost your self-esteem and provide you with the motivation to overcome what you’re facing. You may gain valuable insights from both those currently in the midst of similar struggles and those who have successfully navigated difficult situations. In addition to offering inspiration and innovative ideas, participating in group therapy can also expand your social interactions and network.
Yoga /Tai chi
As you might have already guessed, yoga has been practiced globally for many years. Well, yoga can significantly aid in managing your depression if you fully immerse yourself in it. Incorporating breathing exercises while practicing yoga is highly recommended. If there’s a possibility of interruptions, consider locking your doors, as yoga demands absolute calmness and concentration for its full therapeutic effects.
I apologize for mentioning it, but if you are an atheist, it’s perfectly fine to skip this part. Finding something to believe in can uplift your spirits and instill hope. It serves as a connection not only with the divine but also with the people around you.
Additionally, some religious organizations have their own specialists in therapy departments.
Are you curious about where I’m heading with this?
Well, I have your best interests at heart, aiming for the very best for you.
Indulging in a bath infused with certain ingredients can be highly effective in calming your nerves and gradually addressing your depression.
Enhance your warm to moderately hot bath water with a blend of chamomile and salt. Immerse yourself in this bath for a minimum of 20 minutes.
As you breathe in the aromatic steam, visualize depression dissipating from you along with the rising vapors from the water. After the steam bath, rinse yourself with fresh water, and voilà!